How Tall Is US Olympic Star Caeleb Dressel? Does Height Matter in Swimming?

Published 11/09/2021, 11:07 AM EST
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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


This year’s Tokyo Olympics saw a new swimmer come to the forefront in Caeleb Dressel. He won five gold medals in Tokyo, backing his claim for the best swimmer in the world. Not only that, he set a new world record during those games in the 100-meters butterfly competition.

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The American’s physical attributes certainly provide an advantage in the water. His height helps him to get a wider reach through the water as it helps him to compete at the highest level. How tall is he and how much of an impact does height have in swimming?

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Caeleb Dressel is 1.91m tall

Standing at around 1.91 meters (6’2″), Caeleb uses his enormous frame to swim at a very rapid pace. Even though swimmers perfect their technique to perform at their best, height plays a significant role in helping a professional swimmer. Longer arms, legs, and torso give them the advantage to force their way in water, which helps them to speed up inside the swimming pool.

Consequently, taller swimmers have an advantage because of their frame, while shorter swimmers lack in that regard. There are many examples of tall swimmers dominating the Olympics Games.

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)

Michael Phelps is one swimmer who dominated the sport with his natural body frame and his titanic wingspan. This gave him 23 gold medals, while not taking away from the exceptional technique he had.

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What advantage do tall swimmers receive?

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Although swimming won’t make you taller, it helps to develop every muscle in the human body.

Two parts of their body hold a notable advantage for these swimmers. One is the length of the body spanning from head to toe. The second one would be longer hands and feet. Combining these two physical attributes together gives you Michael Phelps. Phelps’ wingspan spanned 2.01 meters while his height was 1.93 meters. This helped him to dominate the pool like no other swimmers.

BEIJING – AUGUST 11: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates finishing the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final in first place to win the gold medal held at the National Aquatics Center on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Dressel’s physical frame, combined with his immaculate strength and technique, gave him those five gold medals. However, short swimmers cannot be thrown under the shade. Ariarne Titmus (1.77m) defeated Katie Ledecky (1.83m) in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020. That’s a result to be remembered!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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