Tao Li and Joseph Schooling are the headline acts for the Singapore swimming team and the duo did not disappoint when they delivered three gold medals at the SEA Games on Saturday.
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Joseph Schooling Shares What's Ahead After Winning Second Gold
Two events, two Gold medals. But, in Joseph Schooling's own eyes, his engine is just getting started. Having helped the Men's 4x200m Freestyle relay team to Gold on Day One of the SEA Games swimming competition in Myanmar, he picked up his first individual Gold tonight (Friday, Dec 13).
Tackling the Men's 200m Individual Medley on Day Two, he won in style - and set a new SEA Games record of 2:00.82. The 18-year-old said of his performance, "That wasn't my best, but the important thing was that I won Gold. And a meet record isn't a bad thing either." He explained that he was feeling his way back into the long course after training a lot in the short courses in the USA where he is based.
Admitting that his relay swim also wasn't the best, he said Singaporeans can expect an improvement from him. The next two immediate races on his agenda are the Men's 100m Butterfly and 4x100m Freestyle relay. "I will get better," he said. For the relay, he knows he needs to swim well in the heats to earn selection for the final.
The fast maturing Joseph also offered his take on the swim team's performances after a pretty low key second day at the Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex in Nay Pyi Taw. The single Gold paled in comparison to Day One's haul of three Golds.
Still, it was a decent showing, Joseph said. "We did well but other teams have done better today," he explained. The only way to win again is to keep fighting. And that is exactly what our swimmers will continue to do. "We will come back," he said confidently.