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Success Stories

Inspirational short success stories to inspire you to success

Real Life, Real Challenges, Real Success Stories

The boy who beat his inspiration, Michael Phelps eight years after meeting his Olympic hero in Rio, 2016.success-stories-passion-practice-perseverance

In 2008, a 13 year old boy by the name of Joseph Isaac Schooling got to meet his hero and inspiration, Michael Phelps when the Olympian visited Singapore. Phelps won many gold medals in swimming, he is the most successful Olympic athlete of all time. 8 years later, in 2016 Rio Olympia, Schooling rocked the swimming world when he defeated Michael Phelps in the 100m Butterfly finals.

Schooling set a new Olympic record of 50.39sec on Friday and edged out his idol. Phelps is a source of inspiration for Schooling as a swimmer. He believes if it wasn’t for Phelps, he would not have become the champion he is today.

Joseph Schooling, born and raised in Singapore, a tiny nation that has never being able to product a swimming champ in the Olympia. Before this win, Joseph Schooling and his parents had to first endure seven years of toil and sacrifice. They face challenges. Schooling has to move halfway across the world in 2009 to the United States, in pursuit of the training environment that could shape and prepare him. This was no easy task, they spent a lot of energy and money. It is a labour of love and hope of achievement. It all paid off when Schooling stepped up to the podium to receive this gold medal.

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Four disabled Paralympic athletes ran 1,500-meter final faster than anyone at Rio Olympics.real-life-success-stories-paralympic-achievement

In the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 2016, Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won the T13 1500m final in an unbelievable performance. He crossed the line in a time of three minutes and 48.29 seconds to win gold, compare to three minutes and 50.00 seconds won by the able-bodied Olympic champion at the traditional Olympic Games. Baka not only set a new Paralympic world record, but stands as the fastest 1500m time recorded by an able-bodied or disabled athlete in Rio over both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The second, third and fourth positions after Abdellatif Baka also all out-ran at a time faster than three minutes and 50.00 seconds. That is right, the fourth place finisher at the Paralympics had a time fast enough to win gold at the Olympics. This incredible achievement is really inspiring.

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