4 golds, 4 records for Schooling

4 golds, 4 records for Schooling

Four finals, four meet records.

And Joseph Schooling is making his second South-east Asia (SEA) Games outing seem like a stroll after his latest record-beating feats Saturday night at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex.

The 18-year-old even admitted to The New Paper he took it easy at the end of the men's 100m butterfly final, which he won in a new Games record of 52.67, better than the old mark of 53.07 but 0.34s off his national mark of 52.33, so he could have enough in the tank for another lung-busting effort in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay.

But it was not all that easy, as Schooling said: "I had a terrible dive in the 100m fly and hit the bottom. I think I was dead last at the 15-metre mark.

"I was second at 50 metres and if it was a 50m race, I would have lost. "But I managed to push ahead after the turn and I just held it together. When I saw I was ahead with 15 metres to go, I took my foot off the gas because there was still the relay."

Schooling then went on to team up with Clement Lim, Danny Yeo and Darren Lim to smash both the national record and Games record of 3:23.22 with their time of 3:21.74 in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

On Thursday, Schooling collected his first gold and record at this Games. He was a member of the men's 4x200m freestyle team who won in a new national record of 7:26.67.

Pang Sheng Jun, Quah Zheng Wen and Yeo were the other swimmers. The previous mark was 7:30.73.

On Friday, he broke another meet record in the men's 200m IM with his winning time of 2:00.89, less than a second slower than his national mark of 1:59.99.

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