Dressel Lowers 100 Free American Record To 47.17, Strikes Gold


After breaking the eight-year-old 100 free American record leading off the 400 free relay on day 1, Caeleb Dressel did it once again in the final of the individual event, striking gold.

Coming into the meet Dressel held a PB of 47.91, set at the Olympics, but he blew the doors open with a 47.26 lead-off to erase David Walters‘ 2009 mark of 47.33 off the books.

On day 4 he qualified 2nd through to the final in 47.66, and with the pressure on he didn’t flinch. Dressel was out two one-hundredths slower than his lead-off leg in 22.31, but stormed home in 24.86 to win the gold medal by a whopping seven tenths of a second in 47.17. He was the fastest man opening up, and only Australian Jack Cartwright (24.85), who placed 7th, came back faster.

He maintains his position as the 7th fastest performer in history, but gets on the board of top performances in history with the 10th fastest of all-time, and 3rd fastest post-2009.

Check out a comparison of Dressel’s splits in his two American record performances:

  • Dressel – 400 FR Relay lead-off: 22.29 / 24.97 = 47.26
  • Dressel – 100 FR Final: 22.31 / 24.86 = 47.17

Behind Dressel, fellow American Nathan Adrian closed strong in 24.90 to run-down France’s Mehdy Metella and win the silver in 47.87 to Metella’s 47.89. Cameron McEvoy, the fastest ever in a textile at 47.04, took 4th in 47.92.

The 20-year-old Dressel wins his first ever individual World Championship medal, and gives the U.S. the 100 free World title for the first time since 2001 when Anthony Ervin won gold in Fukuoka.

Now three golds deep, Dressel still has a hefty schedule left with the 50 free and 100 fly individually, as well as the men’s 4×100 medley, and potentially the mixed 4×100 free and men’s 4×200 free.

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A non-e mouse
3 years ago

He’s pretty fast

3 years ago

Throwback to that time Bobo said Metella could “blow away the Americans in the last 20m”

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Haha – he wont like the way things went than

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Metella tried to open strong like Dressel and died at the end.
Metella semis:22.95/24.70
A bit of a suicide run.

Reply to  DDias
3 years ago

Stupid race strategy.

Mr. Nice Guy
3 years ago

Impressive but Schooling told to Singapore media that he went 46.8 few weeks back…in training

Reply to  Mr. Nice Guy
3 years ago

Cue the confetti, we’ve just had our 10,000th iteration of this joke!

Reply to  Jack
3 years ago

it wont stop until 100 fly,

Reply to  Jack
3 years ago

It’s no joke
It’s truth

Reply to  Mr. Nice Guy
3 years ago

Apparently it was out to a 200

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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