2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
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On Friday morning, while most of his American fans slept, Caeleb Dressel put in a 50.08 in prelims of the 100 meter butterfly. That’s the 4th-best performance in history and makes him the 3rd-best performer in history behind only Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic’s swims from the 2009 World Championships.
Below, see a video of the race, presented by EuroSport UK. The video also includes James Guy‘s British Record in the 100 fly, and is viewable only to users in the UK (other nations’ media, including NBC Sports and the CBC, have not been posting prelims videos all week).
BIG swim from @Jimbob95goon 💪
A new British record in the 100m butterfly #FINABudapest2017 pic.twitter.com/0kKee9j0Uw
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) July 28, 2017
As reported by James Sutherland:
Everyone thought the 50 free / 100 fly double would be a tough one for Caeleb Dressel. While the prelims may well be the session where he has the biggest buffer between the two, he showed us this morning that we can all eat our words.
After a steady 21.61 50 free to qualify 2nd overall, Dressel was in the water about 34 minutes later to swim the first of three 100 fly circle-seeded heats. That was all Dressel needed to swim the fastest textile 100 fly in history, and move into #3 on the all-time lists in 50.08.
That swim blows past Joseph Schooling‘s previous textile WR of 50.39, done when he won the Olympic gold last summer, as well as Ian Crocker‘s epic 50.40 done way back in 2005.
He’s now 3rd on the all-time list behind Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, who both had that epic 2009 showdown when they both went sub-50 seconds in 49.82 and 49.95.
Winning individual gold in both doesn’t seem like a stretch at all at this point. He qualified 1st in the prelims by 1.01 seconds. Schooling was back, 4th overall in 51.21.
TOP 5 ALL-TIME TOP PERFORMERS – MEN’S 100 FLY