Singapore’s poster boy for sports is coming good.
So the efforts to have Joseph Schooling skip his national service to concentrate on his career as an athlete might be coming to fruition.
The young swimmer showed great promise and talent in the pool from an early age and was ear marked to be the face of Singapore sports. Joseph Schooling took a leap and traded the local pools for a shot at sporting excellency in USA.
Schooling set a new NCAA record for the 200-yard butterfly. Quite a mean feat, shaving the previous record by more than one and a half minute. Schooling recorded a time of 1min 37.97sec while his team-mate Jack Conger was second in 1:38.06, with Andrew Seliskar from the University of Californa, Berkeley rounding up the podium in third with 1:39.95.
There were some that felt that Schooling should have completed his national service like every other Singaporean Son. His circumstances however were a little unique and it was felt that the two years out of the pool would have taken away his edge over the competition.
If Schooling does prove a success it could set a precedence for those that come after him, making him a pioneer in a bid to push Singapore towards alternate routes of excellence.
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