Watch Caeleb Dressel’s American Record, 100 Free Gold, in Budapest (Race Video)


Caeleb Dressel established a new American record in the 100m freestyle on Thursday night in Budapest, as he won the gold medal with a lightning-quick 47.17. Dressel was out in 22.3, back in 24.8, just stunning the field. Behind him, teammate Nathan Adrian slipped past France’s Mehdy Metella to earn the silver medal, 47.87 to 47.89.

Watch the race, courtesy of NBC Sports, below:

Write-up by 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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“Lets see if he can even replicate that 47.26 after 3 rounds of 100 free”


“Florida is a distance program, they’re going to ruin his sprinting” -swimswam comments, 2014


On a total non-swimming related side note, does anyone know whats going on with his tattoo? It seems to have significantly “faded” just recently


He’s in the process of getting it removed. Idk why


At nationals, he said he’s having it taken out, and replacing it with something else.


Faded and redone by a different artist (the one that did his rings)


lol rowdy… what we would do without him?

Don\'t Worry About it

Be much happier watching swimming


Would love, one day, to just watch a great swimming moment unfold in its own drama without the incessant crescendo into shouting. Good major-sports announcers just let the sights and sounds of the event itself carry the day for the viewers, punctuating with meaningful comments at appropriate times.


That would require NBC to change their tune and let the Swimming doing the talking. Set up a bunch of Mocs throughout a stadium and pick up the sounds.. that would make for cool pool side shots, especially during the IMs and tight races.


my cable provider isn’t one of the approved providers for nbc sports so i decided to pay for with the use of a VPN to watch finals. it was $20 for the subscription to fina tv and another $10 per month for my VPN but, good lord, is it worth it.


I have to mute the sound because it’s just horrendously bad. Not going to let him spoil it for me.


Be able to “listen and watch”

Mike Worth

Actually, I love listening to Rowdy. He really has a great feel for whats happening


I was assisting at a high level meet once, and Rowdy was there. I remember thinking how much I hated his Tv-Commentary, then I accidentally cut him off in catering. He was so nice about, and was probably one of the happiest, and nicest people I have ever met. I felt bad for thinking ill thoughts about him when he was commentating.


You can be a good person and also be horrendous at your job.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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