Caeleb Does It Again: Dressel Obliterates 100 IM World Record In 49.28


Caeleb Dressel made history last week by becoming the first man ever under 50 seconds in the 100 IM. Six days later, he challenged the 49-second mark.

Dressel dropped a massive 49.28 during day two of the ISL’s Grand Final in Budapest, breaking his world record by a full six-tenths of a second.

During the semis, Dressel clocked 49.88 to take down the old world record of 50.26, set (and equalled) by Russian Vladimir Morozov in 2018. With this new record swim, he is now almost a full second faster than anyone else in history.

Back in Match 10, Dressel broke 51 seconds for the first time in 50.48, lowering Ryan Lochte’s 2012 American Record of 50.71.

Split Comparison

In his three record-setting 100 IM swims, Dressel has consistently gotten faster on both 50s. This was also his first time coming home sub-27.

ISL Match 10 ISL Semis ISL Final
22.96 22.79 22.49
27.52 27.09 26.79
50.48 49.88 49.28

Dressel, who represents the Cali Condors, now owns the two fastest swims ever, while Morozov still occupies performances three through nine.

All-Time Performances, Men’s 100 IM

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.28 2020
2 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.88 2020
T-3 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.26 2018
T-3 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.26 2018
5 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.30 2016
6 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.31 2018
7 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.32 2018
8 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.33 2016
9 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.36 2017
10 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 50.48 2020

Just like the semis, Dressel earned a 30-point jackpot over the field, with his teammate Marcin Cieslak (51.17) the only other swimmer in the field to put any points on the board. Cieslak’s swim was just off his Polish National Record set in the semis (51.14).

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8 months ago


Swimming Guy
Reply to  Togger
8 months ago

Full video:
Leaving it here on top comment so everyone can see!

8 months ago

If you look closely at his feet you can see tiny propellers like the ones you see on a speedboat.

Troll Longhorn
8 months ago

Is it me or has ol longhorn been quiet this weekend? 🤔

Mr Piano
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
8 months ago

He was humbled after 2019 worlds. He is forgiven.

8 months ago

Most impressive swim of the whole ISL right there

Reply to  AustinWinchester1
8 months ago

I think close 2nd would be Seto’s 4IM from last year’s final

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  PhillyMark
8 months ago

Dressel took more off the previous record in the 1 IM than seto took off of the 400 IM

8 months ago

Lol next year the rule will be jackpots for all events except the men’s 100IM

Reply to  50free
8 months ago

*except any race that dressel swims in

Swimming Guy
8 months ago
Coach Mike 1952
8 months ago
8 months ago

I like the verb you used in the title ” OBLITERATE “

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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