WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Pauses Interview For Start of Race


Caeleb Dressel isn’t just the world’s most dynamic sprinter. He’s also a very conscientious young man when it comes to swimming etiquette.

For evidence of the latter, look no further than this interview Dressel did with Italian news agency Rai Sport on deck at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. In the midst of answering questions about his stellar 100 free world title, Dressel hears the starter quieting the arena for the start of the women’s 200 fly final – and pauses the interview to let the race go off in silence.

That’s just one of the fun, quirky moments of this interview, which also sees Dressel having some fun with the language barrier between himself and the Italian interviewer.

You can check out the interview below, courtesy of Deportes Plus 3 on YouTube, plus read our recap of Dressel’s stunning 100 free victory below that, courtesy of our own Lauren Neidigh:


  • World Record: Cesar Cielo, 46.91, 2009
  • Championship Record: Cesar Cielo, 46.91, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Kyle Chalmers, 47.58, 2016
  1. GOLD: Caeleb Dressel, USA, 47.17
  2. SILVER: Nathan Adrian, USA, 47.87
  3. BRONZE: Mehdy Metella, FRAN, 47.89

Caeleb Dressel flipped in a blistering 22.31 to lead at the 50. When it looked like the field might have a chance to come back on him, Dressel put his head down into the finish with no breath in the last 15 meters to win it in and American Record time of 47.17. Teammate Nathan Adrian (47.87) ran down France’s Mehdy Metella (47.89) to give the USA the 1-2 punch.

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy was out in a quick 22.56 at the 50-mark, but faded slightly on the back half to take 4th in 47.92. He was the only man off the podium to break 48, as Great Britain’s Duncan Scott (48.11) and Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini (48.11) tied to round out the top 5.

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lol he’s awesome


I love this guy


It’s actually a very respectful thing to do

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