Schooling, after crashing out in the Men’s 100m semi-finals and finishing last out of 8 competitors, said that he was treating that race merely as a “warm-up”.
“It was alright, I mean I actually warmed up for my 100m fly… I don’t train for this event so it was nice to be in the top 16. I’m pleased with it, it’s nice to get out and race these guys. I’m happy, I rest tomorrow, get ready for the 100 fly and then Thursday, Friday, it’ll be better.”
Those comments have caused a stir, with some angered by his “disrespect” for other Olympians.
Said Angie Low,
“Schooling is still a nobody compared to world greats like Michael Phelps. It’s best he stay humble and not say this kind of things. Show some respect for other competitors.”
Others like Peter Lim weren’t pleased with what they considered a flippant attitude towards the contest:
“Singapore spent so much money on this boy to train him up and send him to the Olympics, and he comes and says this kind of thing? Is he mad or what?”
On the other front, Quah Zheng Wen has been publicly rapped for his “you say it best when you say nothing at all” approach after his bad showing in the Men’s 100m Backstroke heats.
The New Paper reporter Leonard Thomas was so incensed by his “‘Hi guys’ and walk off without answering any other questions” response snub that he publicly criticised Quah in the papers.
Said Thomas in his news report:
“I just wished he stood up to face questions instead of walking off. Because at this level, that is what athletes do.”
Some have taken Quah’s side, putting the 19-year-old’s response down to dejection.
Said Tim Ng:
“He’s still raw and inexperienced with dealing with the media. It’s not the right attitude to show to your own media because as a national sportsman you must be prepared for the spotlight, but it’s understandable lah.”
Jason Ong, on the other hand, felt that Quah was being a spoilt brat.
“This is really about upbringing. Your own reporters travel all the way to Brazil just to cover your events, it’s not right to show them black face just because you lost. A sportsman must know how to handle both victory and defeat with grace.”