“I’m Faster Than Him”- Caeleb Dressel Makes a Bold Claim on Comparison With Michael Phelps

Published 04/30/2022, 10:59 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States looks on 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 Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Back when Phelps retired, fans wondered who would replace him. The truth of the matter is that no one really can. But, a certain Caeleb Dressel arrived at the Tokyo Olympics and took the world by surprise. Besides winning five Olympic golds, Dressel also set a world record in the 100m butterfly event.

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Although both are dominant swimmers, Dressel has mostly tried to avoid any comparisons being drawn between the two.

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Caeleb Dressel says he’s faster than Phelps

Being an excellent swimmer in today’s time has become a rather tall order. For starters, one is immediately compared to the swimming GOAT, Michael Phelps. Caeleb, however, seems to be handling the topic quite well. During an interview, Caeleb was asked why he avoids the comparison with Phelps. “It’s not fair to Michael, It’s not fair to me, It’s not fair to the sport,” he replied. “It’s two different swimmers,” he added.

What came next was a true mark of Dressel’s confidence. “I’m faster on the short course. I think I’m faster than him in the sprints.”

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

But he also showed his humility by accepting that the two can never be pitched against one another. Both of them have different skill-sets. He also agreed with the fact that they’ll never win the same amount of medals. Dressel was the man to watch during the Tokyo Olympics. He won the gold in 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay, and the 50m freestyle events. Nobody was expecting such dominance from the American in the build-up to the event.

Not only this, but Dressel also holds a total of seven world records as well.

Strength training’s importance

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Muscle building can massively help swimmers. It helps generate a lot of force to push the swimmers forward. It also helps in preventing injuries. Having strong muscles helps swimmers in reducing tension in their joints and tendons. Thus, Dressel’s workouts are all the more impressive.

Dressel easily snatches 220 pounds which is an important reason why he manages to fire right off the blocks. Dressel also has an impressive feat of recording a vertical jump of 43inches. All this adds to the legendary status of Dressel.

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Watch this Story: The Shocking Moment When Caeleb Dressel Broke The Longest-Standing Record By a Prime Michael Phelps

With the 19 FINA World Championships right around the corner, Dressel is an assured favorite for the win and we hope to see some more records be broken.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

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