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This Tinder user matched (then accidentally ignored) an Olympic gold medallist

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Have you ever matched with someone on Tinder, but got distracted and forgot to reply? That’s what happened to Sabryna Salazar, a 20-year-old student from Austin, Texas - only her potential date turned out to be an Olympic gold medallist...

Many of us can relate – your match looks cute and you strike up a conversation, but then things don’t quite go to plan. You start cooking dinner or head over to a friend’s house, and forget to message back.

Normally it’s no biggie because you’ve probably made hundreds of matches, but for Salazar this one really hurt because she’d missed out on a date with an Olympic gold medallist. She was suitably disappointed by her Tinder fail.

Salazar claims that last April fellow student at the University of Texas, Joseph Schooling, had struck up a conversation with her on the dating app. Little did she know that the Singaporean swimmer would shoot to fame in Rio by beating Michael Phelps to bag gold in the 100m butterfly.

Joseph Schooling wins gold.
(Michael Sohn/AP)

Luckily the Twittersphere was on hand to comfort her.

Somewhat awkwardly, the Daily Mail says that Schooling already has a girlfriend. He has been pictured with Casey Shomaker for the last year, and Salazar’s tweet might get him in some hot water.

But for Salazar, this is a textbook case of “the one that got away”. Or swam away, in this case.




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