Schooling aims to better his 2013 six-gold haul at next year's SEA Games

Schooling aims to better his 2013 six-gold haul at next year's SEA Games

He was the most successful swimmer at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar last year with six gold medals.

But he wants more.

Don't be surprised if Singapore's swim king Joseph Schooling breaks that mark when the Republic hosts the SEA Games next June.

The 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin freshman is gunning for at least eight titles at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, but he has not decided how many events he will enter.

No male Singaporean swimmer has won more than six golds in a single edition of the SEA Games.

When asked his target for next year's SEA Games, the Asian Games 100m fly gold medallist told The New Paper: "Eight, maybe more? I am not sure yet, it depends on what I want to swim."

In Myanmar, Schooling won the 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, as well as the 4x100m and 4x200m free relays.

The Singapore quartet in the 4x100m medley relay was bumped up from second place after Indonesia were stripped of their title, as one of their swimmers, Indra Gunawan, was found guilty of doping.

At September's Asiad in Incheon, Schooling also took silver in the 50m fly and bronze in the 200m fly, while clocking 2min 00.11sec in the 200 IM.

The 50m fly was not offered in the SEA Games last year, but Schooling was the last winner in the event, in Palembang in 2011, with a Games-record time of 24.06.

He clocked 23.70 in South Korea this year.

While the 2012 Olympian is known for his fly and IM events, he could also gun for the freestyle, and even backstroke, titles at the upcoming SEA Games.

Schooling holds the national 100m and 200m free records - 50.05 and 1:49.47 respectively - and will be a shoo-in for the three relay teams.

He has already made the SEA Games "A" qualifying marks for all three fly events and the 200m IM, as the Asian Games is used by the Singapore Swimming Association as one of the qualifying meets.


His gold medal-winning 100m fly time at the Asiad - 51.69 - places him ninth-fastest in the world this year.

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