At It Again, Caeleb Dressel Breaks 50 Free American Record In 21.29


Caeleb Dressel continues his incredible run at these World Championships.

In his 3rd swim of the day, after a 21.6 50 free and 50.0 100 fly in the prelims, Dressel threw down a new American record of 21.29 to qualify 1st out of the splash ‘n dash semis.

Dressel breaks Nathan Adrian‘s 2015 record of 21.37, and lowers his own PB by over two tenths. He went 21.53 at 2015 U.S. Nationals and World Trials in June.

The 20-year-old Florida Gator makes his way into the top ten all-time performers list, tying Croatian Duje Draganja for 9th all-time. He also passes Ben Proud for the 2nd fastest-ever textile performer, trailing only Florent Manaudou‘s 21.19.

This marks Dressel’s fourth individual American record of the meet, as he did it twice in the 100 free and added another in the 50 fly, plus he was on the world record breaking mixed medley relay. He’ll be back in the water soon, contesting the 100 fly semis.

Adrian missed the final in 10th, while Proud qualified in a tie for 3rd at 21.60 with Bruno FratusVlad Morozov sits 2nd at 21.45.

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3 years ago

He also got the 50 fly AR, right? So I believe this is his fifth AR.

Reply to  sven
3 years ago

I think you’re right – I was counting 100 Free leadoff, 50 fly, 100 free indv., 50 free. But mixed medley relay should count too right? Or does UsaSwimming still not recognize this (previous) joke event?

3 years ago

Proud was tied with Cielo for 2nd all Time textile..

3 years ago

A promise kept. A big leap ahead from last year. Echoes of Matt Biondi’s 1985, the year after his Olympic debut. Swimmer of the meet if he keeps this pace.

Reply to  luigi
3 years ago

Considering Peaty did not break the 100 WR too.. Dressel is safe now..

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Biggest competition was from Sjostrom but she’s just gone out the window too.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I don´t know how they count that.. they sum podium and WR.. does not know how many points each is worth..and they do not count relays.. So I dont know if Sarah is out
Dressell will have 3 individual podiums, Sarah will have 4
Dressel can be 3 golds, maybe a WR on 100 fly..
Sarah 3 Golds 1 Silver + 1 WR so Sarah would win

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Ledecky may outscore Dressel with 3 golds + 1 silver if Dressel does not get any WR

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

I think a 47.1 100 free, 21.1 50 free and sub 50 100 fly will surpass Ledecky

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Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Why are you comparing Caeleb to Sarah? Aren’t men and women separate? Sarah would win MVP for women and Caeleb for men.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

This is my understanding too.

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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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