Caeleb Dressel Swims Fastest Textile 100 Fly Ever, 3rd All-Time

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Everyone thought the 50 free / 100 fly double would be a tough one for Caeleb Dressel. While the prelims may well be the session where he has the biggest buffer between the two, he showed us this morning that we can all eat our words.

After a steady 21.61 50 free to qualify 2nd overall, Dressel was in the water about 34 minutes later to swim the first of three 100 fly circle-seeded heats. That was all Dressel needed to swim the fastest textile 100 fly in history, and move into #3 on the all-time performers list in 50.08.

That swim blows past Joseph Schooling‘s previous textile WR of 50.39, done when he won the Olympic gold last summer, as well as Ian Crocker‘s epic 50.40 done way back in 2005.

He’s now 3rd on the all-time list behind Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, who both had that epic 2009 showdown when they both went sub-50 seconds in 49.82 and 49.95.

Winning individual gold in both doesn’t seem like a stretch at all at this point. He qualified 1st in the prelims by 1.01 seconds. Schooling was back, 4th overall in 51.21.

Top 5 All-Time Top Performers – Men’s 100 Fly

1 Michael Phelps 49.82
2 Milorad Cavic 49.95
3 Caeleb Dressel 50.08
4 Joseph Schooling 50.39
5 Ian Crocker 50.40

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RIDICULOUS

We need a video of this NOW!

MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel

Yes, please, Swimswam! I’ve so enjoyed the videos you’ve posted so far!

SwimSwam of course is crushing it always, but I have to give a big thank you to NBCSN for giving free access to race clips after the session (at least in the US). Who would have thunk it?

Unfortunately no replays for heats 🙁

Ridiculous-ly awesome!

He’s been doing this stuff since he was 6!!
Will be first person to fly….unassisted!!

Coach Mike 1952

OMG!

JP input too short

What the….?

Wasn’t expecting that quite yet.

Swimmer Thieroff

Caeleb Dressel is the American Hero.

Caeleb Dressel is a super hero.

Caeleb ‘Merica! Dressel

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs, where he is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 11th season as a competitive swimmer.

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