2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
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American Caeleb Dressel won his first gold medal of the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in the men’s 100 fly, breaking Michael Phelps‘ meet record in a time of 50.75.
Phelps had set the Pan Pac standard back in 2010 at the Championships in Irvine, clocking a time of 50.86. Dressel’s 50.75 takes that down by just over one-tenth of a second, and gives the reigning World Champion his sixth career swim under 51 seconds. Dressel went 50.50 at U.S. Nationals which is currently the fastest time in the world this year.
Comparing their splits on these swims, it’s clear how different the two swim this race, with Dressel being more of a 50/100 swimmer and Phelps primarily a 200m swimmer who can go up to 400 and down to 100.
Pan Pac Meet Record Split Comparison
|Phelps, 2010||Dressel, 2018|
Dressel won the World Championship title last summer in a time of 49.86, falling just .04 shy of Phelps’ 2009 world record (49.82). The 21-year-old also tied Phelps’ all-time record for gold medals won at a World Championship with seven, though Dressel did it with the addition of the mixed relays.
This was Dressel’s third medal of the meet, adding to a pair of bronze’s won in the 100 freestyle and the mixed medley relay. He’ll have a shot at another later in the session in the men’s 400 free relay, and he’ll also be in the hunt in the men’s 50 free and the 400 medley relay on the final day.