Working to fly sky-high

Schooling backs himself to perform in Tokyo, coach says 'building marginal gains' is the key

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling (left) will defend his Olympic 100m fly gold at the Tokyo Games against the likes of world record holder and favourite Caeleb Dressel (above) of the United States.
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling (above) will defend his Olympic 100m fly gold at the Tokyo Games against the likes of world record holder and favourite Caeleb Dressel of the United States.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling (left) will defend his Olympic 100m fly gold at the Tokyo Games against the likes of world record holder and favourite Caeleb Dressel (above) of the United States.
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling will defend his Olympic 100m fly gold at the Tokyo Games against the likes of world record holder and favourite Caeleb Dressel (above) of the United States.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Joseph Schooling's quickest time in the 100m butterfly in the last six months is 52.93 seconds. His two-lap time at the ISCA International Senior Cup in March is 2.54sec slower than the Olympic record that won him, and Singapore's, first Olympic gold medal in 2016.

It is also 1.32sec behind the fastest time clocked in that same period by American Caeleb Dressel, the world record holder who is the favourite heading into Tokyo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2021, with the headline 'Working to fly sky-high'. Subscribe