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In huge upset, Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling beats childhood idol Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps record-shattering Olympic medal tally stopped short at 22 golds, when he was beaten by underdog Joseph Schooling in the 100-meter butterfly race on Friday. 


Schooling became the first Singaporean athlete to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics. He also set an Olympic record with his time of 50.39 seconds. Singapore is a tiny island nation in Southeast Asia with a population of approximately 5.4 million people. 

Schooling winning the 100m butterfly race. 

Schooling not only won the race but beat his childhood hero in the process. 

"If it wasn't for Michael, I don't think I could have gotten to this point. I wanted to be like him as a kid," Schooling said to The Guardian. "I think a lot of this is because of Michael. He is the reason why I wanted to be a better swimmer."


The Singaporean President had also come to the race to cheer him on. Schooling said he hoped his win would show "that even people from the smallest countries in the world can achieve a lot of things".

Phelps with Schooling, back in 2008, when Joseph was still an awkward teenager. 

Before and after. 

Schooling's family watching him win and then celebrating after.  "You done a nation very proud"

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