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Pinoy rips marks of Rio Games winner

Two years ago, a 14-year-old swimmer from the University of Santo Tomas broke several long standing records of a future Olympic gold medal winner without much fanfare.

Sean Terrence ‘Troy’ Zamora felt positive about his future as he reminisced the days when he shattered five age-group records previously held by Singapore’s first-ever gold medal winner Joseph Schooling.

troy zamora

troy zamora

The 21-year-old Schooling became one of the stars of the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when he defeated swimming icon Michael Phelps in the finals of the 100-meter butterfly to win the gold in record fashion.

“I feel upbeat when it comes to my own career because it made me realize that with hardwork and proper support, being an Olympian is a strong possibility for me,” said Zamora who turned 16 last week.

In 2014, Zamora, through the support of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL), competed in the 13-14 year-old age group category of the annual Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) swimming event held in Singapore.

That year, Zamora bagged six gold medals, five of those winning performances broke Schooling’s record which were established  in 2009.

The five record-setting feats were in the 50-meter Freestyle (26.90 secs/Schooling – 27.39), 100m Freestyle (57.38/Schooling – 58.82), 50m Breaststroke (33.64/Schooling – 35.15), 100m Breaststroke (1:13.00/Schooling – 1:16.58) and 200m Iindividual Medley (2:21.30/Schooling – 2:25.40).