Two years after clinching a historic gold for Singapore at the Rio Olympic Games, national swimmer Joseph Schooling has given himself six years to make his mark as a professional swimmer before he hangs up his swimming trunks and goggles.
Revealing this in an interview on Saturday (Aug 18), this is the first time the 23-year-old has indicated that he plans to stop swimming in 2024.
The six-year deadline will give Schooling another two shots at Olympic glory in Tokyo 2020, and Paris in 2024.
While his thrilling 50.39sec race to the finish against American great Michael Phelps in the men’s 100m butterfly in Brazil may have catapulted him to international fame – and cemented his status as a Singaporean hero – Schooling is ready to move on from the past, and achieve greater success in his career.
“Rio changed my life, but I like to live in the present… I want to swim until 2024, I don’t think I want to swim past 2024 right now,” said the swimmer ahead of the Asian Games opening ceremony in Jakarta on Saturday.