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Joseph Schooling defends 100m butterfly crown

Matthew Mohan

CNA – Singapore’s Joseph Schooling successfully defended his 100m butterfly crown yesterday after clocking a time of 52.22 to claim victory at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi.

Schooling won the event ahead of fellow Singaporean Quah Zheng Wen and Thailand’s Wongcharoen Navaphat. This is his first medal of the 31st Southeast Asian Games’ and he remains unbeaten in the 100m butterfly since the 2013 Games.

Earlier in the day, Schooling finished second in his heats with a time of 54.38.

The 2016 Rio Olympic champion endured a challenging 2021 which saw him unable to defend his 100m butterfly title at the Tokyo Olympics.

Schooling, 27, who is now serving National Service, competed in his first meet since the Tokyo Olympics in March at the 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier.

There, he clocked 52.09 in the 100m butterfly finals – his best time in more than two years.

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen compete in the men’s 100m butterfly heat. PHOTO: AFP