Dressel Puts Up #2 Swim Of All-Time To Win Men’s 50 Fly In 22.35


After lowering his American Record in the semi-finals of the men’s 50 fly on night one in 22.57, Caeleb Dressel looked like the man to beat heading into the final on day two.

That proved to be true, as Dressel produced the second-fastest swim in history to win the gold medal in a time of 22.35, also lowering his American and World Championship Records set in the semis. He becomes the first American man to win the World title in this event.

Coming into the competition, the 22-year-old held a best time of 22.76, set in the semis at the 2017 World Championships (where he ultimately placed fourth).

He now sits just 0.08 off of Andrii Govorov‘s world record of 22.27.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 50 Fly

  1. Andrii Govorov (UKR), 22.27 – 2018
  2. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 22.35 – 2019
  3. Rafael Munoz (ESP), 22.43 – 2009
  4. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.60 – 2019
  5. Milorad Cavic (SRB), 22.67 – 2009

Dressel is now 2/2 for gold medals through two days of action. It’s early, but he’s on pace to improve on his record-tying seven golds in 2017 after this event was the only one in which he didn’t stand atop the medal stand.

Oleg Kostin of Russia moved into sixth all-time by winning the silver in 22.70, lowering his National Record of 22.74, and Santos (22.79) edged out the other American Michael Andrew (22.80) for bronze.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

18 Comment threads
51 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
44 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Amazing swim, cannot wait to see his 100 fly! Really want to see another free swim and see if he can get lower than the relay. I think it will. A great start to the meet so far!


Would have been WR in his Mizuno. oh well.

Cheatin Vlad

Is anyone swimming near world record times in a Mizuno or is this suit just being hyped up?

Chaitha D.

Dressel did it in the 100 fly in 2017– only 0.04 off the WR


Prior to signing his contract with speedo Dressel wore Mizuno suits in his incredible college swims. It became a joke that the Mizuno was the reason he was fast, or at least the textile equivalent of a polyurethane suit.


Majority of my high school teammates wore Mizunos at state, we broke 4 state records, the suit is pretty cool.


Separate issue…U.S. men’s 800 FR looks like it could be in big trouble. Seems like a great opportunity to put Dressel in there. I think a 1:45 would be a very conservative prediction him. After Haas and Seliskar were unable to break 1:46, Dressel might be one of their better legs anyway


Uh…he has a PB of what like 1.47 from 2 years ago when his free looked better than it did yesterday in the relay. I don’t know about that.

Justin Thompson

He was 1:47 in the spring. I think the US has issues on this relay as well. Not sure dressel is the answer because because a 1:45 vs 1:46 won’t help them win gold if their other 3 legs are also 1:46.

Still think Haas has a 1:44 split because that’s what he does.


if he swims on par with 2017 & 2018 which does not seem to be accessible now ….


His 200 also seems to suffer with that 50 rest.

2015 in season 1:48, rested 1:51 but with a much faster 50.

2016 same story 1:48 in season, 1:51 at trials.

2017, 1:47 at nationals, did not swim at worlds.

It would definitely be a gamble. But maybe one they need to take.

Inside Smoke

He actually broke the PB you’re referring to (1:47 at 2017 IS Nationals) during a pro series meet this year. His best is still only a 1:47 but if he can do that at a meet unrested it’s not too wild to predict him being able to throw down something along the lines of a 1:45. Especially since he’s been on the record saying he wants to put more focus on that race for the relay. But since he hardly swims that race it’s also really hard to predict what he could do if he even swims it.


Dressel will be on that relay ( unless he is too tired / worn out a bit or anything else ) with Pieroni , Zapple and the fastest of the 2 ( i will take Haas , always clutch on relays )


Pieroni & Zapple are the real answers to that relay ….past those 2 , its a Big question mark until those prelims come along


Blake Pepperoni, Zachary Apple, Cheese Kalizs and Meat Greevers would be a food relay..


Goat comment lmao

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!