Olympic gold medalist gets ignored by Tinder match

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Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling may have beaten his idol Michael Phelps in the Men's 100m butterfly swimming race on Friday to claim gold, but he might have other things on his mind after being ignored by a 20-year-old woman he matched with on Tinder.

It's one of social media's most successful dating sites. Dissimilar to the likes of and eHarmony, Tinder is a fast way to meet new people.

A profile appears on the screen, where the user can swipe right if they like what they see, or swipe left if they don't. For a match to take place, both users must swipe right on each other, which then enables the couple to chat.


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This is what exactly what happened with Joseph Schooling and Sabryna Salazar of Austin, Texas. 

News broke of the couple matching on Tinder on Saturday morning when Salazar posted the following on Twitter: 

From the screenshot, Schooling seems like a pretty smooth criminal with those chat-up lines.

Salazar was taken back by the messages so much that she forgot to reply. The psychology student didn't, however, predict what was to come on Friday, when her love at first swipe won gold at Rio in the 100m Men's butterfly, finishing ahead of US superstar Michael Phelps.

The 20-year-old soon took to Twitter to express her disappointment in herself:

Salazar spoke to the Daily Mail shortly after her match's success, and said: "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.

"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."

But the whole Tinder affair going viral could get the 21-year-old into a lot of trouble.

He is supposedly in a relationship with a woman by the name of Casey Shomaker, who also studies at the University of Texas, like Schooling and Salazar.

Thankfully, though, to avoid any awkwardness, neither of them study the same subjects. 

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