Olympic swimming champ Joseph Schooling accepts he is in good shape in the wake of winning the 100m free-form title at the Hancock Prospecting Short Course Championships with a national record of 48.05sec.
Joseph, who completed in front of Zac Incerti and Luke Gebbie at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center, said that they have been away on a practice camp throughout the previous three weeks and the time away has been productive. He sat with his instructing group before they left.
The world record of 44.94sec made in 2008 by Amaury Leveaux of France. Russian Vladimir Morozov's 46.29sec at International Swimming League meet in Lewisville, Texas in the United States is the world's leading time in 2019. The last national record of 48.11sec was set by Quah Zheng Wen at the 2015 Singapore National Short Course Swimming Championships.
While his performance was in the short course rather than the conventional 50m long course format and not in Joseph's favorite event the 100m butterfly, it will be a certainty support for the 24-year-old Singaporean as he plans for the SEA Games in the Philippines.
The Republic won 19 swimming gold at the 2017 SEA Games and 23 at the 2015 version in Singapore. The biennial Games are from 30 Nov to Dec 11 and Joseph will lead the team's charge in the pool. He won six gold medals at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games and nine titles at the 2015 version on home soil.
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