American Swimmer Caeleb Dressel Sets Olympic Record in Men’s 100-Meter Freestyle

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel set a new Olympic record on July 29 after finishing first place in the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 47.02 seconds at the Tokyo Games.

Dressel broke the long-standing record of 47.05 seconds set by Australian Eamon Sullivan at the 2008 Beijing Games, making the race at the Tokyo Aquatics Center the fastest 100-meter final in history.

Winning his first individual Olympic gold medal, Dressel beat Australian Kyle Chalmers, who finished in 47.08 seconds, and Russian Kliment Kolesnikov, who finished in 47.44 seconds.

Dressel’s gold victory came three days after he won gold with his teammates in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay last July 26 with a time of three minutes and 8.97 seconds — his third Olympic relay gold after claiming two in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Dressel, 24, has won the gold medal 13 times in the world championships and is the third fastest man in history.


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