Aug 15, 2016

    Schooling's 100m fly was 'near-perfect', says coach

    NATIONAL assistant coach Gary Tan has described Joseph Schooling's Olympic 100m butterfly gold medal win on Saturday as "near-perfect" in an analysis of what went right for the 21-year-old in the final

    where he posted 50.39sec.

    "From start to finish, Joseph led the pack.

    "His reaction time (0.61sec) off the blocks was great and it's something he's been practising hard on.

    "A quick reaction can be developed in training but Joseph has the innate talent," Tan said of the new

    Olympic record effort.

    Schooling's reaction time was joint-fastest, along with

    Chad le Clos who finished second (51.14sec).

    The South African was joined by American Michael Phelps

    and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh

    in an unprecedented

    three-way tie for silver.

    Despite Schooling's early edge, Tan was quick to point out: "A good dive off the blocks does not necessarily mean a good start. Joseph dived in well and followed through underwater."

    When he resurfaced,

    he was ready to leave

    the pack behind.

    Tan said: "Once he broke the surface, Joseph nailed his first two strokes. The first two strokes are always the most important. They set the pace for the 35m ahead and determine the rhythm

    of your ensuing strokes.

    "Because of that, Joseph killed everybody in the first 50m to set the tone for the race and gain momentum. And in the last 25m, he just focused on his own race plan."

    When the race was settled and Majulah Singapura rang

    in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Aquatics Stadium for Schooling's coronation,

    Tan, 34, was filled with pride.

    The two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004) , who retired in 2006 and took up coaching in 2008, said: "When Joseph won that gold medal, it was something that we never imagined was possible

    but he did it.

    "For Joseph, this is the start of his journey - there is more to come."