USA’s Caeleb Dressel Creates History- New World Record at 49.45 Seconds Created in Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 1:20 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 100m Butterfly – Final – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Caeleb Dressel of the United States in action REUTERS/Marko Djurica


The pressure and expectations on Caeleb Dressel since Michael Phelps retired have been huge. But the US swimmer continues to show us why he is the perfect heir to Phelps’ throne. The American won the 100-meter butterfly race after claiming the gold medal with a world record time at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He took his tally to three gold medals and looks to win more in Japan.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 100m Butterfly – Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Caeleb Dressel of the United States in action REUTERS/Marko Djurica TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Caeleb Dressel breaks world record at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Fans predicted that Caeleb Dressel would win the event because of his dominance in recent years. The American flew from the platform from the start and looked to be a man possessed.

Although he was under the world record pace for the first split, he came back with a strong swim to end the race with a time of 49.45. His previous record stood at 49.50. Even though Kristof Milak made a late surge, he couldn’t finish ahead of Dressel and took home the silver. He set a time of 49.68. Noe Ponti from Switzerland claimed the bronze in an exciting race.

Dressel’s dominance prevailed from start to finish. Despite Milak taking home the 200-meter butterfly, Dressel was the outright favorite to win the 100-meter event. By winning three gold medals, he has the chance to get more while competing in two more finals in Japan.

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Can Dressel win more?

Team USA’s performances in the relays would add to his medal tally. The 50-meter freestyle event will mark his next individual race and despite rival swimmers looking to pounce, Dressel is expected to win again. The American’s dominance came after Rio 2016, as he claimed seven gold medals in the 2017 World Championships and six gold medals in the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.

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The mentality of Caeleb Dressel is there for everyone to see. His workout routines, training in the pool, and food diets engineered him to become one of the best swimmers in the world. The dominance in Tokyo shows the quality he possesses in the pool. Whether he can win more medals in this year’s games remains to be seen, but Caeleb looks determined to go big.

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The swimming events at Tokyo Olympics have provided us with incredible moments. This is the second individual world record to be broken after Tatjana Schoenmaker’s antics the other night. Dressel’s 50-meter freestyle will be a must-watch for the swimming fraternity all around the world.

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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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