In Good Conscience

The free-flowering magic of Schooling, Smith and Ibrahimovic

Whoever created and named an orchid Dendrobium Joseph Schooling, describing it as "a robust and free-flowering hybrid" was onto something.

Many people have tried to analyse and explain Schooling's pre-eminence in the pool, and even his own mother, May, suggested that 10 per cent of it is talent, the rest is hard graft and training.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2019, with the headline 'The free-flowering magic of Schooling, Smith and Ibrahimovic'. Print Edition | Subscribe