Schooling met his idol Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a 13-year-old schoolboy.

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news Rio Olympics Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 13:07

Unheralded swimmer Joseph Schooling of Singapore beat famed Michael Phelps to win the 100m butterfly in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds on Friday.

Here are five things to know about him:

1. Schooling beat his idol Michael Phelps, whom he had met at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a 13-year-old schoolboy. "Watching Joe and what he's done in the last two years – he's been swimming great. My hat's off to him!", said Phelps in praise of him.

2. This was the first ever Olympic Gold for Singapore. Prior to this, the country had won 4 medals across all Olympics – 2 silver and 2 bronze. 

3. By qualifying for the 100m butterfly final, he had already created history by becoming the first Singaporean to reach an Olympic final.

4. At the age of 14, Schooling left home to train in the US and set three high school national records before getting selected for the University of Texas team.

5. Schooling wanted nothing less than the gold. Prior to the race, according to the BBC, he told reporters, "I'm all about winning medals.” "I don't care if I break the world record but if I get silver or bronze – I still lost. It's all about winning the gold."

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