What Are the Events in Which Caeleb Dressel Will Participate at Tokyo Olympics 2021?

Published 06/29/2021, 4:17 PM EDT
Jun 18, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts after swimming in the Men’s 100m Butterfly prelims during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports


Team USA Swimming is sending forward a strong roster for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Swimming is the second largest sport in the Olympics, and the Americans are always keen on dominating the medal tally. One athlete who is expected to land a few medals in Tokyo is men’s swimmer Caeleb Dressel. 

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Dressel is one of the most recognized American swimmers. All of the athletes in the old guard have stepped down from the sport. Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, you name it. None of the veterans are going to Tokyo Olympics 2021. 

How many events will Caeleb Dressel swim at the Tokyo Olympics 2021? 

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Caeleb Dressel is heading to his second Olympic Games in Tokyo. He previously took part in the Rio games in 2016 but failed to win any individual medals. Dressel, however, walked away with two gold medals, both earned in relay events. 

There weren’t a lot of expectations on Dressel at the 2016 Olympics. He was an up-and-coming swimmer who was touted for greatness. While Dressel has lived up to the hype, he is yet to prove himself at the biggest stage. 

Dressel will compete in three individual events at Tokyo Olympics 2021: 50m free, 100m free, 100m butterfly. He is expected to win medals in all these events. Furthermore, the 25-year-old will also participate in upto four relay events. 

Caeleb Dressel has been in phenomenal form in recent years. He utterly dominated the 2019 World Championships and can even break his own record at the upcoming Olympics. Do you think Dressel will be Team USA’s winningest Olympian in Tokyo? 

Dressel is not ready to lead the pack

Team USA is sending a young roster for Tokyo Olympics 2021. Out of the qualified swimmers, 35 of them are first-time Olympians, and the list includes 11 teenagers. Dressel is the superstar of the team, but he is not yet accustomed to being the leader of the pack. 

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“They left behind some really big shoes to fill. I’m not ready for them, and I have to be,” Dressel mentioned about leading the swimming team. “It doesn’t just fall on my shoulders. I think everyone who is on the team, we’re going to have to pick up the pace, because what they left behind is huge from all of them.”

Jun 17, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts in the MenÕs 100m Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Ready or not, the Tokyo Olympics 2021 is fast approaching. Team USA is currently training in Hawaii and will fly to Japan in two weeks. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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