Olympics Spotlight: Joseph Schooling

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally get underway this summer, &ASIAN spotlights a few Asian athletes that might go under your radar.
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Olympics Spotlight: Joseph Schooling

Name: Joseph Schooling

Date of Birth: June 16, 1995

Discipline: Swimming (Men’s)

Country: Singapore

Competition Dates: 24th July - 1st August

Why he’s one to watch:

Bursting onto the men’s Olympic swimming scene in record-breaking fashion in 2016, Schooling has since won joint-Bronze at the 2017 FINA World Championships, won every event at the 2017 SEA Games and set a new national 100m Butterfly record at the 2018 Asian Games.

Schooling remains Singapore’s first ever Gold medal winner at the Olympics and now aged 26 is looking to retain his 2016 title and bring more medals to his country, despite not being able to train in a pool since last October due to the pandemic.


  • Schooling won Singapore’s first ever gold medal in the men’s 100m Butterfly at the 2016 Olympics, setting a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds AND beating swimming legend and his childhood hero Michael Phelps in the process, all at the age of 21 at the time

Joseph can be found on Instagram. Catch him in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer.