Caeleb Dressel Unleashes 4th Fastest Swim All-Time In 50 Free Final – 21.04

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

American Caeleb Dressel kicked off his busy finals session on day seven with a bang, winning the men’s 50 freestyle in a new Championship and American Record.

Dressel produced a time of 21.04, making him the #3 performer of all-time behind Cesar Cielo and Fred Bousquet, and it was also the fourth-fastest swim ever trailing two swims from Cielo and one from Bousquet. Previously, he owned the seventh-fastest swim in history and was the #4 performer of all-time.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, MEN’S 50 FREE

  1. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 20.91 – 2009
  2. Fred Bousquet (FRA), 20.94 – 2009
  3. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 21.04 – 2019
  4. Ben Proud (GBR), 21.11 – 2018
  5. Ashley Callus (AUS) / Florent Manaudou (FRA),  21.19 – 2009/2015
  6. George Bovell (TTO), 21.20 – 2009
  7. Alain Bernard (FRA), 21.23 – 2009
  8. Amaury Leveaux (FRA), 21.25 – 2009
  9. Bruno Fratus (BRA), 21.27 – 2017

All three of the swims faster than him were super-suited from 2009, making him the new textile world record holder. The previous fastest ever textile swim came from Great Britain’s Ben Proud, who hit 21.11 last year.

The 22-year-old extinguished the previous meet record held by Cielo at 21.08 from 2009, and also his own American Record of 21.15 set at the World Championships two years ago where he also won gold.

ALL-TIME PERFORMANCES, MEN’S 50 FREE

  1. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 20.91 – 2009
  2. Fred Bousquet (FRA), 20.94 – 2009
  3. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 21.02 – 2009
  4. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 21.04 – 2019
  5. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 21.08 – 2009
  6. Ben Proud (GBR), 21.11 – 2018
  7. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 21.14 – 2009
  8. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 21.15 – 2017
  9. Ben Proud (GBR), 21.16 – 2018
  10. Fred Bousquet (FRA), 21.17 – 2009

This swim gives the former Florida Gator a personal best time in all four of his individual events here in Gwangju, and is a now three-for-three in terms of gold medals individually. He has already set the American Record and won the 50 fly (22.35) and 100 free (46.96), and will go for the 100 fly gold later in the session after setting the world record of 49.50 in the semis.

2017 silver medalist Bruno Fratus of Brazil repeated his position in a time of 21.45, tying with Kristian Gkolomeev who became the second-ever Greek man to win a medal at LC Worlds.

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Wondering
1 year ago

“Still can’t break 21.0, huh?”

“I like my heroes under 21”

“Must have peaked in 2017”

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Wondering
1 year ago

i like my heroes with more than 1 WR in their career and at least 1 Olympic individual gold. But hey, have your Dressel-gasm and then have a smoke.

Wondering
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Charmin-soft

SlickNick
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Ol Longhorn with the smooth brain plays here. Dressel has as many individual WR’s currently as Phelps sooooooo

Jay Swimmer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Troll Alert 🚨 Don’t feed

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Jay Swimmer
1 year ago

yes , now we know who the trolls are & what they do

MTK
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

He was 19 at the Rio Olympics – hard to blame him for not having an individual gold medal at this point, particularly tough as a sprinter.

Sqimgod
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

“time for bed but first DRESSEL DRESSEL DRESSEL uhhh muh sheets “-Rowdy gaines

NC Swim Fan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

clown shoes

Zanna
Reply to  Wondering
1 year ago

“Wake me up when he wins an Olympic medal”

King Caeleb
Reply to  Wondering
1 year ago

Can’t forget the “Dressel is overhyped” geniuses

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Remember when Ol’ Longhorn said that Proud’s first 15m were as good as Dressel?

Wondering
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Did Proud borrow you for this week?

Pvdh
Reply to  Wondering
1 year ago

Ouch

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Based on exactly what, says Mr. Popov, double 50/100 Olympic gold champ (not zero), held both WRs (not neither), held the 50 free record for 8 years? Zion Williamson is the basketball GOAT. Sure didn’t hit your sub-21?

Wondering
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Ol’ Charmin….

Endimione
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Hey if you really got some fun, dive into piss

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Remember when Mr. Piano said he’d break 21?

Wondering
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Mr. Whipple says “Don’t squeeze the Longhorn….”

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

“Motorcycle man has peaked”

Swimmer
1 year ago

I think that Dressel will break the record next year, I hope Manaudou’s comeback along will make it a great race but right now I don’t see anybody even close

BaldingEagle
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Side discussion of Dressel v Manaudou is who is more ripped.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

Simone.

Go Violets
Reply to  BaldingEagle
1 year ago

Ben proud is probably more ripped.

Ryan
Reply to  Go Violets
1 year ago

Grothe

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ryan
1 year ago

Haas

About James Sutherland

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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