Dressel Closes in on Phelps’ World Record with 49.86 100 Fly

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USA’s Caeleb Dressel pulled off a monster double tonight, first putting up the fastest textile performance ever with a 21.15 in the final of the 50 free. He return to the pool shortly after with another historic performance in the men’s 100 fly final when he came within 4 hundredths of Michael Phelps‘ World Record with a 49.86 to win the gold.

On day 6, Dressel put up 2 of the fastest 100 butterfly swims in history with a 50.08 in prelims and 50.07 in semifinals. That marked the 2 fastest textile swims in history, blowing by the textile best 50.39 done by former Bolles teammate Joseph Schooling when he won gold at the Rio Olympics. He’s now the first man in textile to break the 50-second barrier with his 49.86 tonight.

Dressel will also compete in tonight’s final of the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay, giving him a chance to win 3 golds in 1 night.

TOP 10 PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME: MEN’S 100 FLY

1 Michael Phelps 49.82
2 Caeleb Dressel 49.86
3 Milorad Cavic 49.95
4 Joseph Schooling 50.39
5 Ian Crocker 50.4
6 Rafael Munoz 50.41
7 Chad Le Clos 50.56
8 Kristof Milak 50.62
9 Albert Subirats 50.65
10 James Guy 50.67

TOP 10 PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME: MEN’S 100 FLY

1 Michael Phelps 49.82
2 Caeleb Dressel 49.86
3 Milorad Cavic 49.95
4 Milorad Cavic 50.01
5 Caeleb Dressel 50.07
6 Caeleb Dressel 50.08
7 Michael Phelps 50.22
8 Joseph Schooling 50.39
9 Ian Crocker 50.4
10 Rafael Munoz 50.41

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Guy
3 years ago

when people said he couldn’t swim long course on the world stage

SwimFan1
3 years ago

wow…just wow

The Dressler
3 years ago

Hell yes!

Bob
3 years ago

Great swimmer. Terrible character. Just like King. Shame.

Walter
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Please explain.

Swimmer
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Please explain.. Caeleb appears to me as a great role model.

Kate
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Just about the coldest take I’ve ever heard.

Swimmer
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Do you know him personally? I swam with him during HS and he is one of the most humble, down to earth swimmers I’ve ever known. To compare him to King is an insult. Doesn’t talk trash, always thankful, politie….ridiculous.

Colinb
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

the three likes here surprise me more than the trolling comment 🙁

Provel
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Does no one realize it’s just a troll

Bob
Reply to  Provel
3 years ago

Chump was trying to put Proud off before 50 fly. Guess that’s ok though as he was nice to you at school.

Swimmer
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Once again, Bob, please explain.

BLIBLOB
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

GTFO dude, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Chump ? explain please …your words are condescendant and disrespectful

WhaWha
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Who is this Ben Proud you speak of? I was only watching Caeleb Dressel……….

Lane Four
Reply to  WhaWha
3 years ago

Bob is obviously British and can’t stand Caleb for something that he created in his own mind. Move on. Bob isn’t worth our time. Focus on the greatness that is Caleb Dressel and let Bob stew in his fantasy world.

Zanna
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

What?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

where id u arrive this week ? come on man , u are trolling like there is no tomorrow

alex
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

haha he’s just trolling 🙂

Lane four
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Get the gold medal. Cue the national anthem. Bob has broken the SwimSwam World Record for most red thumbs! Tell me Bob, were you breathing to your right or left when you made that statementt? Or were you not breathing at all?

crooked donald
Reply to  Bob
3 years ago

Seriously, Joe (I mean Bob), a tie for third isn’t that bad.

JUST SAYIN
3 years ago

People: “The 50 free hundred fly will be a tough double”

Dressel: “ThE 5o FReE HUndRed wIlL bE a ToUGh DOublE”

JUST SAYIN
Reply to  JUST SAYIN
3 years ago

“Goes fastest textile times ever in both”…

Swimmer
3 years ago

I wonder how schooling’s in practice 50.7 is?

Ole 99
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

IF he did indeed put up that time in practice a few weeks ago, it stands to reason his coaches didn’t get his taper right.

*waits for inevitable backlash of the Texas faithful.*

Horninco
Reply to  Ole 99
3 years ago

Texas guy here. I agree with the sentiment that he just didn’t have enough of a base to taper off of. Maybe also not handling the pressure of being Olympic Champion and heir the fly throne very well.

TEDDY
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Watching Dressel’s earlier swims probably made him feel like the first soldier that has to try fighting a dragon in game of thrones this season. “What I’m I supposed to do?”

phelps swims 200 breast rio
3 years ago

I’ll take “Truly Epic Swims” for $500, Alex.

m1tchplease
3 years ago

Fantastic performances. He’s easily one of the hardest working, most driven athletes out there today. I have no doubt he can break all three world records (50/100 FR, 100 Fly) by Tokyo. So humble, he’s a joy to watch and easy to root for. @Schooling where you at with that talk of getting the WR in Budapest??

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