5 Gold Medals for USA’s Caeleb Dressel!- Here’s How This Swimming Star Took Over Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 1:58 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 50m Freestyle – Final – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Caeleb Dressel of the United States celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne


The swimming events at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 have ended. The United States of America won 30 medals in the swimming competition and brought home 11 gold medals. One man responsible for almost half of those gold medals is Caeleb Dressel.

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The American, who had much hype around him before the start of the event, lived up to expectations. He won five gold medals in an incredible display of individual quality in the pool. The heir to Michael Phelps’ throne did well. He will leave Tokyo with his head held high.

Dressel won two more medals today adding to the three he already won.

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Caeleb Dressel shines at Tokyo Olympics 2020

The American swimmer’s road to Tokyo was well documented because of the expectations the country had on him. Likewise, the 24-year-old had a shot to equal Mark Spitz’s record from the 1972 Munich Olympics. Even though he couldn’t reach that, the performances put forward by him were incredible.

At Tokyo, Caeleb cemented his place amongst the greatest swimmers in the world. He won the gold medal in 50 and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly,  4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay. In addition, Dressel created the new world record in the 100-meter butterfly by setting a time of 49.45. He also set a world record with the relay team and two Olympic records as well.

No one can deny that great things are happening for the American in the future. But the biggest takeaway from Tokyo? Can Dressel do more?

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After breaking the gold medal record set by Spitz in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps cemented his legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time. The ‘Baltimore Bullet’ created seven world records and one Olympic record.

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However, after the glorious performances in Tokyo, Dressel’s ambitions can decide his destiny. He could add some more events up to his schedule and reach the holy grail of nine gold medals. Every record is meant to be broken. The swimmer earlier stated his love for swimming rather than chasing Phelps’ legacy. But the prospects look interesting.

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Although the US had a slow start in the pool, they have once again risen to the top of the swimming medals tally. Dressel and Katie Ledecky contributed to most of those victories while Australia was not far behind. To sum up, Caeleb Dressel stamped up his authority on the pool at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Jacob Gijy

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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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