Joseph Schooling brought home gold for his home country of Singapore Friday night, but the historic moment was made even sweeter as he beat his idol, Michael Phelps.
Phelps, who has picked up 22 gold medals so far in his career, met Schooling back in 2008 in Singapore, when the now-rival swimmer was 13 years old. Schooling led throughout the 100-meter butterfly and Phelps couldn't catch up. Schooling finished the race in 50.39 seconds.
Africa's Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. No bronze medal was awarded.Joseph Schooling met Michael Phelps in Singapore in 2008. He just beat him in the 100 meter butterfly pic.twitter.com/DsINHyJBXO— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 13, 2016
Phelps's 51.14 second swim let him tie for silver with SouthWhile Schooling makes history as Singapore's first-ever gold medallist, his grand uncle Lloyd Valberg had a notable Olympic moment of his own. Valberg was the country's first representative to compete at the Olympics, qualifying for the high jump at the 1948 games in London.What a difference 8 years make! WE'RE SUPER PROUD OF U JOSEPH SCHOOLING!!!! pic.twitter.com/rrtP2SxXgh— Mr. SGAG (@SGAG_SG) August 13, 2016
"He's been swimming great," Phelps told a poolside NBC reporter of Schooling after the race. "My hat's definitely off to him."