Rio Olympics 2016: The woman who turned down an Olympic champion on Tinder

Singapore's Joseph Schooling won gold after defeating Michael Phelps. Photo / AP
Singapore's Joseph Schooling won gold after defeating Michael Phelps. Photo / AP

A woman claims she matched with Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling on Tinder - and is kicking herself for not replying to his last message.

Sabryna Salazar, 20, of Austin, Texas, shared a screen grab, showing a previous exchange on the dating app.

Schooling, 21, of Singapore, won the gold medal at the men's 100m butterfly event just a few hours earlier, leaving silver to Michael Phelps.

The screen grabs shared by Salazar show she had a conversation between April 7 and April 8 this year with a man going by Joseph, whose profile picture shows Schooling at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.


Salazar stopped replying to the other user's messages, thus ending the conversation - a move she later regretted as shown in a tweet talking about her "greatest failure". Salazar and Schooling were enrolled at the University of Texas. Schooling has swum with the university's swim team, the Longhorns.

Salazar is a fulltime psychology student at UT.

"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,'' Salazar told the DailyMail.com.

"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."

Her tweet, which contains the screen grabs of the Tinder exchange, has been retweeted more than 33,000 times and has gathered more than 69,800 likes.

Schooling set an Olympic record last week, finishing the 100m butterfly in 50.39 seconds.
Meanwhile, Schooling's girlfriend, Casey Shomaker, paid homage to Schooling on Facebook. Both have been pictured together on social media over the past year.

She shared a picture of him on the podium and wrote in the caption: "And thus the kid has become the king."

- NZ Herald

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