Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling won the men’s 100m butterfly race on 16 May, clinching his 5th straight gold medal after clocking 52.22 seconds.
Fellow Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen came in second with a timing of 52.86 seconds, while Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen came in third with a timing of 52.98 seconds.
The 100m butterfly race was Schooling’s first since his bout at the Olympic Games last year, where he failed to retain his world title.
Speaking to the media, Schooling said that the timing was “kind of irrelevant for this one”, and that it was more about trying to get his hand on the wall first.
He described his start as “a little iffy”, and that overall he is just really happy to get his one and only individual race out of the way.
On winning his 5th consecutive gold medal at the Games, he said that “five in a row is great,” and that he is “looking for maybe six next time.”
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