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The story of a Singaporean swimmer or how a fan was able to surpass his idol

Michael Phelps, a swimmer who won 23 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in the history of the Olympics. However, even such an experienced athlete had defeats and losses.

Hundred-meter butterfly stroke is Phelps' favorite and crown distance.
We will recall this fact later. China and Singapore are closely located. Joseph Beijing Skilling, 13, a young swimmer from Singapore, is coming to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His dream was to take a picture with his idol Phelps and it came true. Rio 2016. After 8 years, the boy became one of the strongest swimmers in the world. The last start in Michael's activity was a swim at a distance of 100 meters butterfly at the 2016 Olympics. Ironically, both Phelps and Skulling reached the final. As a result, Joseph Skulling defeated his idol, in his “crown direction” and won Olympic gold. The story of an ordinary boy following in the footsteps of his idol and his victory was discussed in almost all the press in the world.
2008: You devote one second of your life to a boy as a keepsake
2016: After 8 years, this second will decide the fate of your Olympic gold

Also, this competition has remained in history for one more reason. Skooling with a score of 50.39 seconds became the winner, and three athletes: Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cech with a score of 51.14 seconds won silver medals. Therefore, in this direction no one was awarded bronze. Another noteworthy thing, 25 athletes participated in the Rio Olympics from Singapore, but only Skull won the medal.

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