WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Swim 4th-Fastest 100 Fly in History in Prelims


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).

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.


2 Milorad Cavic 49.95
3 Caeleb Dressel 50.08
4 Joseph Schooling 50.39
5 Ian Crocker 50.40

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Jon Nap

Oh man you lucky Brits. Looks to not be available for the US or at least for me. Anyone know a way around it?


Use a VPN. I use Windscribe. But the video is only of James Guy…

Jon Nap

Darn, no offense to James but he’s just a Guy

Steve Nolan

I think the bigger story here is – James Guy’s twitter handle is Jimbob95goon?

Please tell me he aspires to be an American hillbilly.

Swim Fan

Maybe he’s getting to see The Waltons in the motherland for the first time.


You can download TunnelBear VPN app. Create account. It tricks your phone into thinking it is wherever you want to be. In this case you choose UK and you can watch the videos

Philip Johnson

I would invest in a VPN. I use ExpressVPN and can connect it to my phone and tablet as well. Costs around $100.00 a year. For security, I would really recommend getting one (also if you like downloading movies).


Been using Express VPN for years. Good service


That’s what I use. 1gb streaming until the trial runs out. Once exhausted, make a new account using throwaway email ( I use 10 minute mail) and boom 1 more gb. Rinse and repeat


Windscribe gives me 10GB 🙂

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