Joseph Schooling's 'triple heart' reply to former Malaysian national swimmer gets tongues wagging

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Does Singaporean swimming star Joseph Schooling have a new girlfriend?

According to social media posts, former Malaysian national swimmer Christina Loh, 23, may be his new love interest.

She posted a photo with Schooling, 23, on Instagram on Nov 19, with the caption: "This gem is extra special... So glad being able to watch you race again. #ProudPanda #FishyandPandaReunited".

Schooling responded with three heart emojis on her Instagram post.

Loh also posted a selfie of them on June 16, Schooling's birthday.

The Olympic champion was recently back in Singapore for the local leg of the Fina Swimming World Cup, where he won two bronzes in the short-course 50m butterfly and 4 x 50m mixed relay.

Loh graduated from Florida State University this year and is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, her social media profiles say.

The breaststroke specialist won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, but left the Malaysian national team in 2015 to pursue her studies in the United States.

Several women have been linked with Schooling in the past, but he has not publicly acknowledged any of these rumours.

The 23-year-old is currently completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas (UT).

In January this year, Schooling posted a photo of his family celebrating the new year with fellow UT student Mikaela Martinez in the United States.

When asked if Martinez was Schooling's girlfriend, a source close to the Schooling camp said that she is his "friend".

In 2016, his mother said that he has "many female friends", in response to speculation over his love life. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network