Ever wondered how some of the best sprinters in the world turn up the speed and sharpen their skills? Caeleb Dressel, the fastest man in American history and one of the fastest sprinters in world history gave us a little glimpse into a fast-paced turn drill at Florida practice yesterday.
The group found a creative use for the small space between the bulkheads at Florida’s indoor pool, doing a drill reminiscent of “gassers” on a basketball court. The drill consists of six lengths (five turns) in a section of the pool that appears to be 3 or 4 meters in length.
As the fastest man ever in short course yards, Dressel certainly knows his way around the walls. He used his lightning quick turns to put on a paradigm-shifting performance at the 2018 NCAAs, where he posted a 17.63 in the 50 free, 39.90 in the 100 free and 42.80 in the 100 fly- all the fastest in history by a wide margin.
His turn has also proved to play a pivotal role in the long course pool. At last summer’s Olympic Games, where Dressel clearly had the best turn in the field in the men’s 100 free final and gave him a sizable lead heading into the second 50. Dressel was able to hold off defending Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia down the stretch to set a new Olympic Record in 47.02, just .11 off of Cesar Cielo’s super suited World Record.
Dressel currently holds the World Record in the SCM 50 free from the 2020 ISL season, and won five gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including setting the World Record in the 100 fly and the Olympic Record in the 50 and 100 free.