Caeleb Dressel, a 25-year-old American swimmer, has broken the Olympic record for the 100 meter freestyle. He is only the second person ever to win gold in both his events at an Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel broke the Olympic record on his way to winning gold in the men’s 100 meter butterfly.
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Caeleb Dressel of the United States established an Olympic record on route to winning the men’s 100m freestyle gold medal, aiming to become one of the most successful swimmers in a single Games.
Dressel won in 47.02 seconds for his second gold medal in Tokyo.
In a dramatic women’s 4x200m freestyle final, China won gold in a world-record time of seven minutes 40.33 seconds.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth champion James Wilby of the United Kingdom lost out on a medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke.
In the semi-final, he was second quickest, and he got off to a good start in the final before faltering.
With a pace of 2:06.38, Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook broke an Olympic record to win the event ahead of Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands and Finland’s Matti Mattsson.
“It aches physically and emotionally,” Wilby told Sport.
“As a consequence, the outcome is what it is. It’s difficult because the way I swim necessitates a flawless balancing act, and if I’m even slightly wrong, it shows in a negative manner.”
Dressel wins his second gold medal in a thriller.
Dressel won his second gold of the Games after competing in the USA’s 4x100m relay. It was a tight race, with Australia’s Kyle Chalmers finishing 0.06sec behind Dressel and Russian Kliment Kolesnikov in third.
Dressel has a chance to end the Olympics as one of the most successful individual swimmers in history, since he is in contention for four more medals: two individual (100m butterfly and 50m) and two relay gold (medley and mixed medley).
Only two swimmers in Olympic history have won more than six medals in a single Games: Michael Phelps in Beijing in 2008 with eight and Mark Spitz in Munich in 1972 with seven.
“There’s been a lot of pressure on me, and although pressure isn’t always bad, stress is. I handled it well and am pleased with myself “Dressel said in an interview with Sport.
Caeleb Dressel wants to win six gold medals in the Olympics.
Robert Finke, a teammate of Dressel’s from the United States, won a surprise gold in the men’s 800m freestyle final.
In the final 75m, he came from nowhere to beat world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri by 0.24 seconds, with Mykhailo Romanchuk taking bronze.
GB swimmers put up strong performances.
Alys Thomas of the United Kingdom, competing in her first Olympic final, placed seventh in the 200m butterfly but put up an outstanding effort, finishing in 2:07.90, more than a second faster than her semi-final time.
Duncan Scott, who won silver in the 200m freestyle earlier this week, advanced to the final of the men’s 200m medley semi-final, putting himself in position for another individual medal.
Duncan Scott has already won a gold medal for his team and a silver medal for himself in Tokyo.
With a time of 1:54.98, Luke Greenbank qualified fastest for the 200m backstroke final, while Brodie Williams was unable to advance, finishing 15th.
Anna Hopkin placed fourth in the 100m freestyle semi-final, just missing out on a berth in the final by 0.01 seconds, while Freya Anderson ended 11th overall.
Finally, Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood qualified for the 200m breaststroke final after placing third and fourth in their semi-finals, respectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
What records did Caeleb Dressel break?
Caeleb Dressel broke the world record in the mens 100 meter backstroke with a time of 50.39 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 27, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.
How much gold is in a Dressel?
There is not a specific amount of gold in a Dressel. The value depends on the market and how much demand there is for it.
Is Caeleb Dressel better than Michael Phelps?
Caeleb Dressel is the best swimmer ever.
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