Allow us to introduce Joseph Isaac Schooling, the 21-year-old Singaporean who beat Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly during the Olympic Games in Rio:
Finishing at 50.39 seconds, Joseph won Singapore's first ever Olympic gold. His win also sets a national, Asian, and new Olympic record.
A gracious winner, he commends Michael Phelps—whom he met in 2008—for inspiring him to keep going: "Right now, all I can say is, I'm really honored and privileged to have an opportunity to race in an Olympic final alongside huge names like Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh, guys that have redefined the sport. [Michael] is the reason why I wanted to be a better swimmer."
At 14, he moved to Florida to train as a professional swimmer at Bolles School. He is currently attending The University of Texas, which is also where he met his girlfriend, Casey Shomaker. Because you know, beautiful people gravitate toward other beautiful people.
He is VERY close to his mom...
*cue the collective, awww!*
And his dad—who shamelessly shed tears of joy when Joseph nabbed the gold!
No, we're not crying. YOU'RE crying. And if that doesn't melt your heart, here's Joseph talking about his Yaya Yolly and thanking her for 19 years of support:
Why does Singapore get all the good things in life?!
Joseph looks good in water...
And on land:
But mostly in water:
Baby got back!
Here's one last shot of Joseph Schooling in all his pec-tacular glory.
Can you hear the sound of ovaries exploding all over the world?
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