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Michael Phelps taught a lesson for once – by Singapore’s Joseph Schooling

Michael Phelps is beaten by a boy who once dreamed to even meet him , its a pleasure feeling meeting your role model and beating him.


Michael Phelps’ story finished with a twist, as the best ones always do. He lost the last solo race of his career, the 100m butterfly final, to Joseph Schooling, a 21-year-old from Singapore. Phelps wasn’t too cut up about it. He has 22 gold medals, but this was Schooling’s, and Singapore’s, very first. Phelps felt he could spare it. And more than that, he found a satisfaction in defeat that seemed almost to matter more to him than another gold medal.

“I’m not happy, obviously, nobody likes to lose,” he said. “But I’m proud of Joe.” He was in a reflective mood. “I wanted to change the sport of swimming,” he said. “With the people we have in the sport now I think you are seeing it.” He explained he wanted to teach kids “to believe in themselves, to not be afraid to know that the sky is the limit.” And that’s exactly what he has done.

“Just being beside him,” Schooling said, “walking alongside him and celebrating, I will cherish that for the rest of my life.” They have known each other for a long time. They first met in 2008, when the US team stopped off in Singapore for a training camp before the Beijing Games.

“They came to the country club that I trained at,” Schooling said. It was early in the morning, and he was working on an essay. “Everyone just rushed up and was like “it’s Michael Phelps! It’s Michael Phelps!’ and I really wanted a picture.”

Phelps obliged. Schooling looks adorably awkward in it. “It was very early in the morning,” he remembered, “and I was so shell shocked, I couldn’t really open my mouth.” Eight years later, Schooling’s winning time of 50.39sec broke the Olympic record Phelps set at those same Beijing Game.



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