Caeleb Dressel races for the win and a Worlds spot in the men’s 100 free tonight.
Adam Peaty and the European breaststrokers would’ve swept the Pan Pacs in a dual meet scenario.
Cate Campbell won the women’s 100 freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships in 52.03, the 2nd fastest ever.
After an upset gold on day 1 in the 200 freestyle, Taylor Ruck will compete in both the 100 free and 100 back on day 2 in Tokyo.
Though Caeleb Dressel has already swum at this meet, taking on the 200 free prelims and helping the U.S. to bronze in the mixed medley relay, this is the first of his main events this meet.
Cate Campbell anchored the Australians in 50.93, the fastest female freestyle leg in history, as they won gold in the 400 mixed medley relay in a new Commonwealth Record.
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En finale, les Françaises paraissent devoir monter sur le podium mais les Britanniques, les Russes et les Allemandes ont mis leurs gros bras pour finir.
Frontrunners Cate Campbell (AUS) and Simone Manuel (USA) will have to fend off youngsters Rikako Ikee and Taylor Ruck in the sprint freestyle events.
Australia (4×1 free) and the U.S. (4×1 medley) are already world record-holders, and the American 4×2 could also have a shot at a world record in Tokyo.
Coming before the individual events of all legs but the 100 breast, the mixed medley relay will set each federation up for some tricky ‘blind’ lineup decisions as the U.S. chases its own world record and Australia closes in on the Americans.
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The world record holder Sjostrom is now the fastest performer in the world this year.
About half of poll respondents said they were most excited for the men’s 50 free at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and event that – for now – looks like a brewing showdown between Caeleb Dressel and Ben Proud.
Manuel swam both the fastest 50 and 100 meter freestyles ever done on American soil at this week’s US National Championship meet.