Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling clocked 48.86 seconds in the heats of the 100m freestyle at the ongoing FINA World Championships in Budapest on Wednesday (26 July) but it was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
He finished 17th overall and missed out on a place in the semi-finals.
Among the top three seeds to qualify for the semi-finals, Australian Cameron McEvoy clocked 47.97s to be the only swimmer to go under 48 seconds in the heats. Frenchman Mehdy Metella clocked 48.18s while American Caeleb Dressel clocked 48.26s.
Schooling’s personal best is 48.27s, which he set during the heats at the Rio Olympics last year. At the Olympics, he finished eighth in the semi-finals and 16th overall.
“It was a pretty rough morning, not going to lie. Having a day off, first race after that, definitely felt pretty rough,” said Schooling.
Schooling will now turn his attention to his pet event, the 100m butterfly, where he won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.