Michael Phelps Congratulates Dressel on 49.50 100 Fly WR: ‘#welldeserved’

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Michael Phelps took to Instagram to congratulate American Caeleb Dressel after he broke Phelps’ 2009 World Record in the 100 fly. Phelps says in the post, “Many congrats to [Caeleb Dressel]!! So sick to watch your starts, turns, under water, and of course your stroke!” Phelps added after, “Swimming super fast this week! Finish strong!”

Dressel responded to Phelps’ post, replying “I appreciate you and what you’ve done for us,” and included the American flag emoji.

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Many congrats to @caelebdressel !! So sick to watch you starts, turns,under water, and of course your stroke! Swimming super fast this week! Finish strong! #usa #welldeserved

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This was the 2nd of Michael Phelps‘ LCM butterfly World Records to go down in Gwangju, after 19-year-old Hungarian Kristof Milak shattered his 200 fly record a few days ago. The 100 fly World Record had been set in 2009 in Rome, during the supersuit era, and stood at 49.82 for 10 years. Dressel clocked a 49.50 in semifinals, giving him another shot a going even faster tomorrow. Only Phelps, Dressel, and and Milo Cavic (49.95) have ever broken 50 seconds in the event before. Cavic’s time was also done supersuited in 2009.

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Swimfish

The goat handing over the crown

Steve

Really picked the cutest screencap he could.

Beach Jason 343

I think Phelps is probably thinking how he shouldn’t have slacked off after Beijing and got faster PBs at 09 Worlds and afterwards

Craig

I think the time for dwelling in the past for Phelps is over, and he can see swimming in general has gotten so much faster. He really is handing over the baton to the next gen of swimmers, Milak on the 200 and Dressel on the 100m. Phelps still holds the 400IM… its a tough one to crack. 10 years is a substantial time to hold a WR, it just shows you how fast Phelps + supersuit era was

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