Joseph Schooling’s bid for Singapore’s first swimming medal will have to wait for the 100m butterfly after he failed to make the final of the 100m freestyle.
Defending champion Nathan Adrian of the United States recovered from a poor run in the heats to win the first semi-final in a time of 47.83 seconds, with Schooling finishing the semi in a disappointing eighth.
The Singapore ace had gone faster in the morning session despite admitting that he felt “nervous” and “a little weird” prior to the race.
The 21-year-old told reporters afterwards that he seemed to not be able to get into the race but would switch focus to the 100m butterfly heats on Thursday.
“I thought it was going a lot faster but I just couldn’t get into the race,” said Schooling. “It’s my third best time so I can’t be mad at it.”
“It’s just a warm up for the 100 fly, that’s what I’m focusing on. I feel fine,” he added. “It’s hard. I’ve never raced at 10pm at night, it’s not an excuse but I think this is a good learning curve to set me up for Thursday and hopefully Friday.”