Caeleb Dressel has cemented himself as the next all-time great American swimmer at these Tokyo Olympics. Moments ago, he added another gold medal to his growing collection, and added an Olympic record to boot.
Dressel already took home Olympic gold in the 100 meter freestyle, the 100m butterfly, and the 4x100m freestyle. He set a world record with that butterfly win, and an Olympic record with the 100m free.
Tonight, he participated in the 50m freestyle, and once again the 24-year old Florida grad finds himself atop the podium. His time of 21.07 seconds was 0.48 ahead of silver medalist Florent Manaudou of France, and 0.03 off his personal best of 21.04 set at the 2019 World Championships, where he also won gold.
Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo set the world record in the event at the 2009 Brazilian Championships, with an unbelievable time of 20.91. He won gold in the event a year earlier at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
KING CAELEB 👑
Caeleb Dressel BREAKS the Olympic record to win GOLD in the men's 50m free! #TokyoOlympics
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
Caeleb Dressel isn’t done tonight, either. Coming up in less than an hour, he and Team USA will compete in the Men’s 4x100m medley relay.
He won gold in that event back in the 2016 Rio Olympics, on a team with famed Olympians like Michael Phelps, Ryan Murphy, and Nathan Adrian.
Dressel now has six Olympic medals between his two appearances, all gold. While he’s downplayed comparisons to Phelps, the greatest Olympic swimmer in history, he’s probably the best we’ve seen in the pool since.