Dressel Repeats In 100 Fly, Hits 49.66 For #2 Swim In History


One day after breaking a 10-year-old world record in the men’s 100 fly, Caeleb Dressel backed it up by winning the gold medal with the second-fastest swim in history.

Dressel claimed the final in a time of 49.66, just shy of his 49.50 from the semi-finals. He bumps his 50.36 from the Swim Meet of Champions last month out of the all-time top-10, as he still owns six of the top-10 swims ever, but now also seven of the fastest 11.

After becoming the first swimmer ever with multiple sub-50 swims yesterday, he’s now the first to do it three times.


  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.50 — 2019
  2. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.66 – 2019
  3. Michael Phelps (USA), 49.82 – 2009
  4. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.86 – 2017
  5. Milorad Cavic (SRB), 49.95 – 2009
  6. Milorad Cavic (SRB), 50.01 – 2009
  7. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 50.07 – 2017
  8. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 50.08 – 2017
  9. Michael Phelps (USA), 50.22 – 2009
  10. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 50.28 – 2019
  11. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 50.36 – 2019

Defending his title from 2017, Dressel becomes the fourth man in history to repeat in this event. He joins Ian Crocker (2003-2005), Michael Phelps (3 – 2007-2011), and Chad Le Clos (2013-2015).


Looking at the splits from his three 49-second swims, he was out over two-tenths slower than the semis in 23.09, and then came back a tenth quicker in 26.57. When he went 49.86 in Budapest, he closed the fastest of all three swims in 26.55.

Dressel, 2017 Final Dressel, 2019 Semis Dressel, 2019 Final
23.31 22.83 23.09
26.55 26.67 26.57
49.86 49.50 49.66

This swim marked an impressive double, as not long prior he won gold and set a new textile world record in the 50 free final in a time of 21.04. He won both events during the same session in Budapest as well, except there they were reversed (with the 100 fly coming first).

He’ll finish the session off as the lead-off on America’s mixed freestyle relay a bit later on.

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1 year ago

“Couldn’t get the No.1 spot, huh”

Philip Johnson
1 year ago

Other than Dressel, that was a pathetic final. Only one person broke 51.00. In 2017, six people broke 51. Were the others intimidated?

Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 year ago

Phelps won with 51.1 in London

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Ytho
1 year ago

Ok?? That was seven years ago. What other swims from 7 years ago would you like to point out?

Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 year ago

Don’t rly get the it was 7 years ago argument. Let’s see Rio. 50.39 for gold, 51.1 for silver. Nearly the same level, even slower. 2017 final was amazingly fast. That’s all, don’t expect that all the time

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 year ago

Dressels waves must have been too much

Bad Knees
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
1 year ago

He would of broke the record again…..but he jammed that turn. Great race though for him.

1 year ago

what’s up with breaking records in semis at this worlds

Reply to  zfc
1 year ago

It doesn’t matter. Regan, Caeleb and Peaty won the final anyway. It will be a different story if they set the records in semis and did not win in finals.

Reply to  zfc
1 year ago

It’s easier to break the record in semis. You are fresher, there is less pressure. It happens fairly often.

Reply to  zfc
1 year ago

Smith wasn’t going for the 200 record in finals, she was telling the USA coaches that she’s their best bet on the medley relay.

Reply to  zfc
1 year ago

If he hadn’t broken the world record at semis this would be a world record as well. Quite impressive

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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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