Why Has US Olympic Star Caeleb Dressel Withdrawn From the International Swimming League Season

Published 09/15/2021, 10:12 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


After a triumphant display at the Tokyo Olympics, Caeleb Dressel is the male best swimmer in the world right now. He won five gold medals in Japan and lived up to the hype that’s been created around him.

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The swimmer is hungry for more glory with his involvement in the International Swimming League competition with Cali Condors. However, the swimmer missed the second day of Match six as his manager, Jason Lezak spoke about the swimmers’ absence.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 17: Caeleb Dressel of the United States reacts after competing in the Men’s 100m freestyle final during Day Five of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 17, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Caeleb Dressel to sit out for the rest of the competitions

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Lezak confirmed that Dressel would miss out on the rest of the matches because of health issues.

“Caeleb was not feeling well before his match on the 12th and as a team, we decided that it would be best for him to sit out of the rest of the regular season so that he will be in optimal condition for the playoffs.”

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the olympic record in the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

“His contribution to Cali Condors has been invaluable and we are excited about what the rest of the season holds for our team. With his leadership, the Cali Condors will head to the playoffs with confidence to defend our title,” said Lezak.

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Dressel put on a good show on the first day

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The American continued his fine form from the Olympics and put on a good show during Matchday 1. Significantly, the American won the men’s 100-meter butterfly while setting a time of 48.71. Likewise, he finished runner-up in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:51.14 and took part in two relay competitions, and managed 27.5 points. As a result, he led the points table for the opening day.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Despite the remarkable performance, the swimmer won’t take further part in the swimming competitions. Notably, he was the Match MVP in all three appearances during the first edition of the competition. Soon after, by winning the MVP five times in the second season, he helped the Cali Condors to take home the ISL title.

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Thus, Caeleb’s importance to the team cannot be underestimated. However, a break would do him the world of good after sensational performances in the past two months.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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