Caeleb Dressel’s 8 Medals Set Single-Meet Record at Worlds

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

With the United States’ second-place finish in the men’s 4×100 medley Sunday night in Gwangju, Caeleb Dressel secured his eighth medal of this 2019 FINA World Championships championships, setting a single-meet record.

He won gold in the 50 and 10o free, 50 and 100 fly, 4×100 mixed and men’s free relays, and silver on both the 4×100 mixed and men’s medley relays. He set an American record in the 100 free and world record in the 100 fly and mixed 4×100 free relays.

Dressel himself was an owner of the previous medals record, having earned seven in 2017, as did Michael Phelps in 2007 and 2011, Australian Michael Klim in 1998, and American Matt Biondi in 1986. Notably, mixed relays were not a part of the Worlds program until 2015, meaning Dressel had two additional medal opportunities on his predecessors.

The 22-year-old now ranks third in Worlds history behind Phelps and Lochte in caliber of medals (13 gold and two silver), but additionally trails Nathan Adrian, Hackett, and Sun Yang in medal quantity.

All-Time Worlds Medalists – Men:

Rank Swimmer Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps United States 26 6 1 33
2 Ryan Lochte United States 18 5 4 27
3 Caeleb Dressel United States 13 2 15
4 Sun Yang China 11 2 3 16
5 Ian Thorpe Australia 11 1 1 13
6 Grant Hackett Australia 10 6 3 19
7 Nathan Adrian United States 10 4 2 16
8 Aaron Peirsol United States 10 2 12
9 Adam Peaty Great Britain 8 1 1 10
10 Michael Klim Australia 7 2 2 11

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Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

All hail the new GOAT!

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

There’s only one GOAT.

Endimione
2 years ago

Goin’ best next year in Tokyo 😉

Stefan Dahlin
2 years ago

Phelps is not the last Jedi after all? 🙂

Beach Jason 343
2 years ago

Damn DQ from US relay in 2007. Otherwise the REAL goat ( Texas tap water) would have had 8 medals there and maybe all gold too

Guy
Reply to  Beach Jason 343
2 years ago

He also didn’t have mixed medley relays and didn’t compete in 50s stroke if I’m not mistaken.

Ben
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Correct. In fact 5 of his medals were individual golds. Dressel only competed in 4 individual events, and they were shorter by average. Doesn’t take away from the fact that three of Dressel’s medals were won in a single session for two championships in a row though – that’s just nuts. He’s the only one to do that period, and he’s done it twice.

Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

Ol’ Longhorn and his brother ole longhorn have to be happy this week is over and hopes of a Dressel demise for Tokyo will fuel him until next summer.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

I’ve got Duncan Scott over Dressel in the 100 free —- easy.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

What’s his individual 100 time?

Wondering
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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

Wondering
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Your shipment of Charmin just arrived….

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

There you go, he’s back!

SWIMGUY12345
2 years ago

Really should’ve been all gold. Atypical (still solid just not what we’re used to) swims from Adrian and Manuel gave him two silvers.

Spectatorn
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
2 years ago

Dressel’s fly split in those 2 relays were so fast and gave over a second lead over the eventual winners. It is just hard to fathom US didn’t win… But seriously kudo to Cate and Duncan for their out of the world swims.

ZOOMBOR
2 years ago

Better Now Than Next Year! Tokyo 2020 let’s GO!

Josh
2 years ago

Should have been 6 because mixed relays are bullish.. his 4 individual golds were way more impressive than the total medal count

Spectatorn
Reply to  Josh
2 years ago

In relay he still have to swim and also need all the swimmers to did the same. Once again highlight how special the 400 free relay in 2008 Olympic was. All 4 of the swimmers want it so bad they achieved the “impossible”.

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