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Schooling clinches 200m fly ticket for World Championships

SINGAPORE — Joseph Schooling ensured that he would be swimming in four events as planned at the Fina World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in July after clinching his ticket for the 200m butterfly on Monday (May 8).

Schooling clinches 200m fly ticket for World Championships

Joseph Schooling was comfortably ahead of the qualifying time for the World Championships. TODAY file photo

SINGAPORE — Joseph Schooling ensured that he would be swimming in four events as planned at the Fina World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in July after clinching his ticket for the 200m butterfly on Monday (May 8).

The 21-year-old reigning Olympic 100m butterfly champion met the “A” qualifying time of 1min 57.28sec for the event when he clocked 1:56.45 en route to finish second in the 200m final at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta, Georgia.

Despite leading after the first 100m, Schooling ended up second behind Chase Kalisz who won the race in 1:55.94. 

American swimmer Kalisz, a silver medallist in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was fourth after the first 50m before edging his way to victory in the end.

But despite losing out on the gold, Schooling said he was happy with his performance and his time, which was slower than his national record of 1:55.73.

“I am pleased with my time today. I was not concerned about the placing, as the main objective was to meet the mark for World Championships,” said the University of Texas undergraduate through Mohamed Hafidz, his family’s media representative. 

“It is good to have the 200m fly in my list of events again. The last time I did it was more than a year ago. 

“We are about 77 days away from my first event in Budapest, there is still some work to be done but I am looking forward to a busy summer.”

Prior to Atlanta, Schooling’s last competition was the NCAA Division 1 Swimming Championships in March.

Although he helped his university win four relay golds and capture the championships for the third consecutive year, and 13th time overall, his individual performances were a far cry from his previous dominating displays at the past two NCAA championships as he surrendered his 100- and 200-yard fly titles.

But he later told the Singapore media that the chastening losses were the wake-up calls he needed to prepare himself for the World Championships. 

Schooling’s qualification for the 200m fly means that he will be competing in four events at the World Championships — the 50m, 100m and 200m fly and the 100m freestyle. 

He had already qualified for the 50m and 100m fly and 100m freestyle as a result of his timings at the Rio Olympics. Schooling, who holds the Olympic 100m fly record of 50.39sec, is also aiming to break the world record of 49.82sec which was set by Michael Phelps in 2009 in the era of the super suits.

According to Hafidz, Schooling will swim in one or two more competitions — either state events or invitationals — before heading to Croatia to join the national swimming team for a training camp as part of his final preparations for Budapest.

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