Straits Times Press Books :: Biography :: SCHOOLING JOSEPH



Joseph Schooling knew that he wanted to be an Olympic gold medallist – at the age of two.

And in 2016, he did it.

The 21-year-old swimmer became Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist – and national hero – with his win in the 100m butterfly.

He not only beat world-class competition including arguably the greatest Olympian, American swimmer Michael Phelps, but also smashed the Olympic record with his time of 50.39 seconds.

This book chronicles his swim to superstardom – from its start in Singapore when he was a child, to his sojourn in the United States for training when he was a teenager, and finally
culminating in the glory of gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Based on interviews and photographs with Schooling and his family and friends by Singapore’s national English newspaper, The Straits Times, over the years, the story is a study of the swimmer’s secret to success, including the sacrifices made and the support given by his family.

This official biography of Joseph Schooling carries his signature, as well as a motivational message from him to readers.


Rohit Brijnath, known for his popular sports columns, is a senior correspondent with The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English newspaper which he joined in 2007.

In nearly 30 years of sports writing, he has covered the Olympics, Asian Games, Cricket World Cups, tennis Grand Slams and written for newspapers in India and Australia and also for
the BBC South-Asia website. He has co-authored a book with Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and is happiest when visiting bookshops. He also runs very slowly in his spare time.

As a sports journalist with The Straits Times for about five years, Chan U-Gene reported on the rise of Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling when the swimmer began making waves in the United States, where he was training.

In 2013, Chan clinched the Most Inspiring Sports Story of The Year at the Singapore Sports Awards with his feature in the newspaper on a recreational athlete who bounced back from
adversity, going from accident victim to marathon finisher in less than a year. The awards were organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council and the Singapore Sports Council,
which is now known as Sport Singapore.
Weight 0.65 grams
ISBN 978-981-4642-75-0
Size 210 x 250 mm (portrait)
Extent 148pp, limp cover with flaps
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Illustrated or Black & White
Language English
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