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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Caeleb Dressel delivered under pressure.
The American has been swimming’s undisputed superstar on the men’s side since the retirement of Michael Phelps in 2016, having dominated the last two World Championships with a combined 13 gold and 15 total medals.
But, from the perspective of many, he had to get it done on the biggest stage in order to truly cement himself as one of the world’s best. And he did just that.
Although Dressel’s final medal tally of five fell well short of what some had forecasted for him, especially after his World Championship performances, he swam flawlessly.
The 24-year-old Florida native won all three of his individual events, becoming the first male swimmer to earn a trio of gold medals on his own since Phelps did so five times in 2008.
Dressel saved his best for last, too, winning the men’s 50 freestyle in an Olympic Record time of 21.07 to open the last session before dropping a scorching 49.03 butterfly leg as the U.S. men broke the world record in the 400 medley relay.
— ESPN (@espn) August 1, 2021
Dressel provided critical legs on the victorious men’s 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay, and his lone event that didn’t result in a gold medal, the fifth-place-finishing mixed 400 medley relay, had nothing to do with his performance, but was more a coaching staff blunder in terms of selecting the correct order.
So with all eyes on him and endless promotion from the mainstream media, plus having to sit on the sidelines and wait until the fourth day of competition before his first individual event (something he admitted wore on him at the Olympic Trials), Dressel fulfilled all expectations placed on him, and did so masterfully.
NORTH AMERICA QUICK HITS, DAY 8
- Bobby Finke became the first American to win the men’s 1500 freestyle since 1984, dropping more than six seconds from his best time in 14:39.65 to claim gold and narrowly miss Connor Jaeger‘s American Record (14:39.48).
- The American women took second and Canada third in the 400 medley relay, with the U.S. swimmers producing a time of 3:51.73, 13 one-hundredths shy of the gold medal-winning Aussies. The Canadians clocked 3:52.60 to smash their National Record and win bronze, equalling their medal tally from Rio with six total medals. Penny Oleksiak anchored the team to win her third medal in Tokyo and seventh overall, becoming he most decorated Canadian Olympian of all-time.
- The U.S. men kept their unbeaten streak in the 400 medley relay intact with a world record-breaking 3:26.78 swim to conclude the Games, lowering the 2009 mark of 3:27.28. Ryan Murphy won his third medal of the Games and sixth overall, Dressel claimed his fifth gold in Tokyo and seventh overall, Zach Apple anchored his second relay team to gold, and Michael Andrew won an Olympic gold medal for the first time.
RECORDS, DAY 8
- World/Olympic/American – United States, Men’s 400 Medley Relay (3:26.78)
- Olympic – Caeleb Dressel, Men’s 50 freestyle (21.07)
- Canadian – Canada, Women’s 400 Medley Relay (3:52.60)
NORTH AMERICAN MEDAL TABLE AFTER DAY 6