Is Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling the one who got away?

The gold medallist reportedly has a former Tinder match who stopped replying him, and now probably regrets it

By Andrea Tim | Published: 15 Aug 2016

Schooling's Tinder
Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joseph Schooling shot to fame last Saturday when he beat swim legend Michael Phelps by 0.75 seconds to claim Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal at the 100m butterfly event in Rio. He also broke the Olympic record for this swim.

Further up the Americas, a girl named Sabryna Salazar is probably kicking herself for ignoring Joseph's message to her on Tinder. The 20-year-old from Austin, Texas claimed that she was once matched on the dating app to the Singaporean swimmer, but stopped replying very early into their conversation, dated April this year. Like Joseph, Sabryna studies at the University of Texas.

"I was watching Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly race and then Joseph won. I noticed the name sounded familiar and the announcers kept saying he was a Longhorn so I looked back through my Tinder matches and found out it was him," Sabryna told the "Honestly, I just thought it was hilarious that we had matched at one point. It's pretty crazy to think you've had an interaction with an Olympic gold medal winner."

Sabryna's mother also found out about her daughter's supposed brief encounter with the swimmer, and said "Omg so this app said you should meet that athlete?? And you didn't reply??"

It's a little too late for Sabryna anyhow. Interestingly, the young Olympian seems to have a girlfriend, Casey Shomaker, with whom he's been pictured on Instagram for over a year. He hasn't made any public response to Sabryna's claims, so it remains to be seen if her Tinder match was indeed the very same Joseph Schooling.

Joseph's historic win was accompanied by another jaw-dropping fact: Michael finished in a three-way tie for silver alongside South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh. And to think, all those years ago, Michael was Joseph's idol (it's been two days since his win; we're still trying not to cry in the office right now).

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