- Sabryna Salazar regretted ignoring Joseph Schooling when they were a match on Tinder last April
- Salazar noticed that the man she was conversing with months before was a gold medalist on the Olympics as she was watching the 100m butterfly race
- The woman referred to her encounter with Schooling as her ‘greatest accomplishment and failure’
A woman from the city of Austin in Texas opened up about her previous encounter with Olympian Joseph Schooling months before the games.
The exchange took place in an online dating app called Tinder, wherein Schooling and the 20-year old woman identified as Sabryna Salazar was a match dated on April 7 and 8 of this year.
Salazar shared about the incident on her Twitter account. The post, which has instantly become viral, contained screenshots of their conversation and the Tinder profile of a man who goes by Joseph. Featured on the account was a photo of Schooling during the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.
The brief chat started with Schooling calling Salazar ‘beautiful;’ the latter responding with a message of her own and an emoji with hearts for eyes.
When the athlete replied the following day, it marked the end of the talk as Salazar no longer wrote back.
According to Salazar, being a match with the Singaporean gold medalist was her ‘greatest accomplishment’ in life, but failing to continue the dialogue was the complete opposite.
In an interview with Daily Mail, the young woman recalled that she was watching the 100m butterfly race category where Schooling beat Michael Phelps for the first place. Upon hearing the name and having it ring a bell in her head, she decided to check her account and realized that the 21-year old swimmer was her Tinder match months before.
“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,” Salazar confessed.
Her post and its follow-up Tweet garnered nearly 80,000 and over 20,000 likes respectively.
Thousands of web users voiced out their regrets on what might have possibly happened, while others were skeptic if it was the true account of the athlete.
Joseph Schooling hampered Michael Phelps’ initial attempt on his 23 gold medal during the 100m butterfly race event with 50.39 seconds – setting a brand new Olympic record with his time and earning his country’s first gold medal as well. Meanwhile, Phelps followed with 51.14 seconds, along with South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s László Cseh.