2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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During prelims, Dressel swam a time of 50.39 to tie former Bolles’ School teammate Joseph Schooling’s Olympic Record.
Then, during tonight’s first semifinal, Milak, the 200 butterfly world record holder, took down Dressel’s mark with a time of 50.31. For Milak, his swim came just a tenth over his best time of 50.18, putting himself in strong contention for a medal in the final.
However, Milak’s record did not last for long as Dressel brought it into a new territory in the second semifinal. Pushing world record pace the entire race, Dressel posted a time of 49.71 to outpace the rest of the field by a half second.
|Caeleb Dressel – 2020 Olympic Games Semifinal 2||Kristof Milak – 2020 Olympic Games Semifinal 1||Caeleb Dressel– 2020 Olympic Games Prelims||
Joseph Schooling – 2016 Olympic Games
Although Milak and Dressel both closed in 26.5, Dressel was out significantly faster at the 50 meter mark with his time of 23.2. Dressel is notorious for his opening speed, which paid off in this race.
Dressel’s time ranks as the 3rd fastest swim in history, only trailing his own performances.
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In prelims, Dressel was coming off of an emotional 100 freestyle final, where he won his first individual Olympic gold medal and set a new Olympic Record. During his post race interview, Dressel was tearful while seeing his family over FaceTime.