Phelps denied 23rd gold medal by Singapore's Joseph Schooling

Ross Houston
August 14, 2016

While no official figures are available, data from social analytics platform CrowdTangle point to a major spike in Facebook activity after Schooling beat the likes of American legend Michael Phelps to the gold.

Schooling first met Phelps at a U.S. training camp ahead of the Beijing Olympics, where Phelps won eight gold medals.He posed for a photo with the then 13-year-old.

"I saw second next to my name and then I looked up again and then I looked over at Laszlo and Chad like, huh, we all tied for second, that's kind of cool".

Singapore has spent millions trying to win more medals at the Olympics, including offering a Foreign Sports Talent program which grants promising foreign athletes citizenship, as well as a $743,494.42 prize for gold medals.

Nadal, who won singles gold in Beijing eight years ago and missed the 2012 London Games due to a knee injury, will play Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Phelps has the chance to add a 23rd gold medal to his tally when he takes art in the 4x100m medley relay in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"He smiled and said, like, I know", Schooling said.

The race will also be long remembered for a three-way dead-heat for second.

The Singaporean was always in control and won by 0.75 seconds from the trio of Phelps, South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh.

Phelps seemed pretty happy with a silver medal though.

Schooling posted an Olympic-record time of 50.39 seconds, finishing way ahead of the rest of the field, with the unprecedented three-way tie for second.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet", Schooling said.

"Its been a hard road, I've done something that no one in our country has done before".

Schooling left the country at 14 to train in the United States and now studies at the University of Texas in Austin, whose program is led by two-time U.S. Olympic men's head coach Eddie Reese.

"If I cry in front of all of you all, it's because I have nothing to be ashamed of", he told reporters.

"That's pretty insane, what happens in eight years", said Schooling, who attends the University of Texas. "I'm just honored and privileged to have the chance to race alongside him".

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