SINGAPORE - Swimmer Joseph Schooling made history on Saturday when he became the first Singaporean to win a medal at the Fina World Championships.
The 20-year-old clocked 50.96sec in the 100m butterfly event to finish third behind defending champion Chad le Clos (50.56sec) of South Africa and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh (50.87sec) at the Kazan Arena in Russia.
Schooling's time was a new Asian record, lowering the mark of 51.00 set by Japan's Kohei Kawamoto in 2009.
This was Schooling's second final at the biennial meet. He had finished seventh in the 50m butterfly finals on Monday.
His appearance in the last-eight was the first time a local male swimmer had advanced that far since Ang Peng Siong finished fourth in the 50m freestyle at the 1986 edition in Madrid.
This article was first published on August 9, 2015.
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