WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Breaks Michael Phelps’ World Record With 49.50 In 100 Fly


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.50
  2. Andrei Minakov (RUS), 50.94
  3. Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.95
  4. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 51.40
  5. Marius Kusch (GER), 51.50
  6. Mehdy Metella (FRA), 51.62
  7. James Guy (GBR), 51.69
  8. Matthew Temple (AUS), 51.70

The USA’s Caeleb Dressel set his first World Record tonight. Dressel, who missed the World Record last Worlds by only 4 hundredths, cracked the record by tenths tonight in 49.50. The former mark was a 49.82 done by Michael Phelps in 2009. Dressel leads the way into finals by nearly a second and a half and now owns 6 of the 10 fastest times in history in this event. He’ll return to the pool shortly for semifinals of the 50 free.

Finishing behind Dressel in heat 2 was Russia’s Andrei Minakov, who set a new Russian Record in 50.94. Hungary’s Kristof Milak won the first semifinal heat in 50.95 to qualify 3rd. Milak broke Phelps’ 200 fly World Record earlier in the meet to win his first Worlds gold. Also qualifying for the final were Olympic 200 fly champion Chad Le Clos (RSA) and 2017 bronze medalist James Guy (GBR). Le Clos used his front end speed to take 2nd in heat 1 with a 51.40 behind Milak.

Decorated butterfly veteran Laszlo Cseh of Hungary wound up 10th in 51.86. He was one spot ahead of the USA’s Jack Conger, who put up a 51.91 for 11th.

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5 months ago

That start gets more and more offensive with every watch

Hot Takes:
5 months ago

He beat Le Clos one of the greatest all around butterfly swimmers ever by nearly two seconds. He’s on another level and approaching peaty level dominance.

Mean Dean
Reply to  Hot Takes:
5 months ago

Project 48?

Reply to  Mean Dean
5 months ago

Might not be called that, but I’m sure it exists

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hot Takes:
5 months ago

True, but Leclos needed two surgeries, which he recently had and had been putting off, so it’s not exactly like he was at his prime.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

At his best he is not close to Caleb.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
5 months ago

Leclos is still the best flyer across all distances, all courses over time. Plus he gets to tuck those Olympic medals into bed every night.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

I forgot all the WRs that Leclos had…

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

His prime is still a full second slower if I’m not mistaken

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dudeman
5 months ago

My point is he wasn’t 2 seconds slower.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Dressel has gone faster in season than Le Clos has gone in 2 years, so Le Clos can shut up now.

5 months ago


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