In the last two world meets, he earned bronze medals in his signature event.
Schooling also didn’t make it out of the 50 fly heats, finishing 20th overall in 23.73.
“This was a huge reality check of what I need to do moving forward,” he said.
The 24-year-old swimmer is in Gwangju during a time of major personal upheaval.
After spending 10 years in the U.S., including earning a college degree from Texas, Schooling moved back to Singapore. He’s also working with different coaches.
“It was time to come home,” he said. “It was something that I needed to do if I wanted to keep swimming longer. I felt like I was going through the motions on a daily basis and I needed a new sensory shock.”