Caeleb Dressel Ties His Own American Record with 21.04 50 Free

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

MEN’S 50 FREE FINAL

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91 (2009)
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 21.04 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 21.14 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 21.75 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Anthony Ervin (USA) – 21.40
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian – 21.51
  • Wave I Cut: 23.19
  • Wave II Cut: 22.71
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 22.01
  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 21.04 =AR
  2. Michael Andrew (RPC), 21.48
  3. Nathan Adrian (CAL), 21.73

Caeleb Dressel saved his best race of the meet for last, winning the men’s 50 free tonight, and matching his own American Record with a 21.04. The win gives Dressel his 3rd individual event for Tokyo, and puts him in line for a 7-event schedule in Tokyo when relays are included.

In addition to tying his own American Record, which of course, is also Dressel’s personal best, the swim marks a tie with the 4th-fastest performance of all-time, and a tie for the fastest textile 50 ever as well.

All-Time Top 5 50 Free Performances

Rank Time Swimmer Date
1 20.91 Cesar Cielo 12/18/2009
2 20.94 Fred Bousquet 4/26/2009
3 21.02 Cesar Cielo 12/18/2009
T-4 21.04 Caeleb Dressel 7/27/2019
T-4 21.04 Caeleb Dressel 6/20/2021

Dressel now holds 3 of the 10 fastest performances in history, as his 21.15 from the 2017 World Champs now stands 9th all-time.

The race was Dressel’s 10th of the meet. He started with prelims of the 200 free, after which he scratched out of semifinals. He then had 3 rounds of the 100 free, 3 rounds of the 100 fly, and 3 rounds of the 50 free.

His time also stands as the fastest in the world this year.

2020-2021 LCM Men 50 Free

2Vlad
Morozov
RUS21.4104/09
3Ben
Proud
GBR21.4204/17
4Michael
Andrew
USA21.4806/20
5Thom
de Boer
NED21.5807/03
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Swimmer
1 month ago

Been waiting forever for him to replicate his 17.63 in the big pool. Hopefully in Tokyo

Joe
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

I mean fastest 50 ever without a super suit

Swimmer
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Still something about that yards swim is more dominant than anything else I have seen before

billy
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

That race was insane. He beat #2 by a full second.

anonymous
Reply to  billy
1 month ago

No he didn’t 0.4

Blackflag82
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

They’re talking about the 17.63 race…

Last edited 1 month ago by Blackflag82
PVSFree
1 month ago

That might be the best SwimSwam cover photo I’ve ever seen. 👍🏻😐👍🏻

Marsh
1 month ago

I would let him run my body over with his flying start

DDias
1 month ago

His start to breakout was out of this world. A man among boys. Wasn’t even funny. In soccer, I would say his start was Champions League, and the others, Brazilian Series D Champs.

Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

I’m curious. Were these times, in 2009, yeah, these times:

  1. 20.91 Cesar Cielo12/18/2009 2. 20.94 Fred Bousquet4/26/2009 3. 21.02 Cesar Cielo12/18/2009

Were these times all done with the highly buoyant high-tech suits that have since been banned?

Thanks in advance for knowledgeable answers…

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

Yes pretty much all records from 2008-2009 were done in full body illegal material suits that were banned starting in 2010.

JimSwim22
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

Maybe even in layered super suits!

dresselgoat
Reply to  JimSwim22
1 month ago

Maybe even wearing multiple super suits!

Pre edit: I know of some swimmers doubling up on the jakes and arenas if that was taken as sarcasm.

Last edited 1 month ago by dresselgoat
Marklewis
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

Yes those times were swum in the banned suits.

If you search YouTube you can see Cielo swim the 20.9.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Marklewis
1 month ago

Thanks…

Penguin
1 month ago

Man started his taper on Day 1 of trials

Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

Who is the fastest over the water swimmer?

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

Ervin

chinnychenchen
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

Ever? A lot of people would say Ervin, and I think so too. Out of swimmers who are still active, I’d say Bruno Fratus.

Last edited 1 month ago by chinnychenchen
Blackflag82
Reply to  chinnychenchen
1 month ago

I’ve often wondered how Popov would compare to Ervin. I’m not good enough at math, but Popov had the old start and no underwater to speak of and was 21.6…seems like some swimswam stat person should be able to use old footage and calculate meters per second after breakout of Popov, Ervin, and others.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Yeah… I feel like Popov would be sub 21 today

Israel
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

There’s also Ari-Pekka. One dolphin kick break-out 21.6. Not bad at all…

Pop off
Reply to  Israel
1 month ago

Maybe not Popov but it’s close. I think it he’d trained for the 50 instead of the 100 it would be him

Pvdh
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

Ervin still

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

Jeah

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
1 month ago

There’s a practice video out there with Ervin racing MA. MA destroys Ervin off the start and underwaters but Ervin almost catches him on the water. He’s a natural talent. If Ervin took the sport more seriously, he would have 5 gold medals in the 50.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Lol

billy
1 month ago

Is he going draw strings in in Tokyo?