With giants like Michael Phelps and Chad Le Clos in the pool, Joseph Schooling swam the fastest 100m Butterfly in Olympic HIstory - 50.39s! - for the Gold Medal. Phelps, Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh tied for the Silver (certainly something you don't see every medal ceremony).
Joseph had already made history the day before just by qualifying for the finals, with a swim of 50.83s in the semifinals for the event. Many of us had stopped work (As evidenced by the numerous Facebook posts I saw after the swim) just to catch the event. Today, fortunately, is Saturday and so I could watch on the big TV screen instead of my little iPad. Fortunately, I still kept the iPad on hand, to take screenshots of memorable moments.
Here are just a few photos, to mark this major milestone in Singapore's sporting history. Indeed, in Singapore's history.
Joseph's journey to the winner's podium has taken 15 years, ever since he was 6 years old. It's a story of single minded determination, coupled with talent, hard work, effort, and incredible family support.
And here's the TODAY article in which Joseph thanks all of his friends, family, coaches, etc who supported him over the years.
Go go go Jo! You made it today. And all of us are proud of you!