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

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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:

MEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL

  • 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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pvdh
4 years ago

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

Stoyle
Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

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

HURRICANE
4 years ago

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

musty
Reply to  HURRICANE
4 years ago

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

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  HURRICANE
4 years ago

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

Swimmer
Reply to  HURRICANE
4 years ago

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

lilaswimmer
4 years ago

lol rowdy… what we would do without him?

Don\'t Worry About it
Reply to  lilaswimmer
4 years ago

Be much happier watching swimming

scissorkick
Reply to  Don\'t Worry About it
4 years ago

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.

coacherik
Reply to  scissorkick
4 years ago

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.

theroboticrichardsimmons
Reply to  scissorkick
4 years ago

my cable provider isn’t one of the approved providers for nbc sports so i decided to pay for finatv.live 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.

marklewis
Reply to  Don\'t Worry About it
4 years ago

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

Dann
Reply to  lilaswimmer
4 years ago

Be able to “listen and watch”

Mike Worth
Reply to  lilaswimmer
4 years ago

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

xman
Reply to  lilaswimmer
4 years ago

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.

Domino
Reply to  xman
4 years ago

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

PNW
4 years ago

His last 15m were ridiculous

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  PNW
4 years ago

Took his last breath at that mark and then went into 50Fr tempo…that’s how you finish!

Jojogoswimswim
4 years ago

The veteran and the new face of American male sprinting going 1, 2… don’t think it could be any better

Thatguy
4 years ago

His turn looked slow

scissorkick
4 years ago

I heard this swim was the 7th fastest 100 m free (LC) of all time. Anyone know where to find lists of all-time top performances (and lists of all-time top performers) for each event? I know that swimswam sometimes shows those table in articles that report the outcomes of particular races.

overwatch
Reply to  scissorkick
4 years ago

1 46.91 Cielo, Cesar BRA 2009 World Champs Rome ITA 26/07/2009
2 47.04 McEvoy, Cameron AUS 2016 Australian Champs Adelaide AUS 10/04/2016
3 47.05 Sullivan, Eamon AUS 2008 Olympic Games Beijing CHN 09/08/2008
4 47.10 Magnussen, James AUS 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Adelaide AUS 15/03/2012
5 47.12 Bernard, Alain FRA 2009 World Champs Rome ITA 26/07/2009
6 47.15 Bousquet, Fred FRA 2008 Olympic Invite 15/03/2008
7 47.17 Dressel, Caeleb USA 17th FINA World Championships Budapest USA 27/07/2017
8 47.27 Hayden, Brent CAN 2009 World Champs Rome ITA 26/07/2009
9 47.33 Walters, Dave USA 2009 World Champs Rome ITA 26/07/2009
10 47.37 Nystrand, Stefan SWE 2009 World Champs Rome 26/07/2009

scissorkick
Reply to  overwatch
4 years ago

Thanks! Where can a person find this stuff?

scissorkick
Reply to  overwatch
4 years ago

Also notable… Dressel’s is the third-fastest textile suit time, judging by the dates

N P
Reply to  overwatch
4 years ago

One thing to note is that Bernard’s 46.94 from 2009 French nationals doesn’t appear on the list for some reason; that is in fact his best time.

N P
Reply to  N P
4 years ago

And to clarify, that’s no knock against you, Overwatch; that time doesn’t appear on the USA Swimming list or on the FINA world rankings page either.

teddy
Reply to  N P
4 years ago

Think the suit he used wasn’t sanctioned by fina

SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Dressel’ start is out of this world, ditto turns and underwater.
Never seen anyone already body length ahead at the breakout in m100 free at worlds level.

And didn’t anyone see Cartwright’s start?
2 body lenghths behind Dressel at breakout. Seriously haven’t seen anyone with such bad start and still go sub 48.

Australians have not seem to have improved their start, turn and underwater in the past few years.

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Looks like Aussies need to come swim in our bath tubs to improve.

pvdh
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Cartwright was 48.2

SchoolingFTW
Reply to  pvdh
4 years ago

he was 47.9 in the semis with similarly horrendous start.

Pvdh
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

His start in the semis wasn’t that bad. In the finals it was and was accentuated by Dressels start

theroboticrichardsimmons
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

from the video feed, it looked like metella actually gained a little bit on dressel on the turn but it’s hard to tell with all the cuts they do of the underwater shots. i’d love to see the uninterrupted video feed from above the water. by cutting to the underwater shot directly on the start, the viewer loses the ability to directly compare dressel’s start in real-time to his competitors.

that said, he must have the fastest start in the history of the sport. his ability to cover those first 15 meters is unreal. would love to see the race analysis to see how far ahead he was of the field by that point in the race.

Analyst
Reply to  theroboticrichardsimmons
4 years ago

Metella had a dirty turn, think Caeleb’s was solid though.

KeithM
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Dressel is an above avg turner if he executes. If he doesn’t he’s just avg. He is not spectacular off the walls like some other recent well known (you know who) swimmers. He is however truly incredible off the start with a brilliant breakout. Long course, short course, doesn’t matter…all have starts. He just wasn’t “on” last summer so people were quick to dismiss his NCAA swims as a product of short course swimming. And since he doesn’t swim tapered long course meets outside summer there was no definitive proof to suggest the skeptics were premature with their verdicts.

Monsterbasher
Reply to  KeithM
4 years ago

No. I don’t know. Who else is better than dressel off the turns?

KeithM
Reply to  Monsterbasher
4 years ago

At least two guys in this race including Metella.

MTK
Reply to  KeithM
4 years ago

There are swimmers that are better underwater than Dressel, yes. But I’d venture to say that there are few if any SPRINT FREESTYLERS better underwater than him. His turns and underwater are better than those of his competitors in 100free for sure. Maybe not at the level of some of the 100fly/100back people, but turns are more of an emphasis in those events traditionally.

KeithM
Reply to  MTK
4 years ago

Watch the race. Did he gain an appreciable amount on his lead coming out of the turn than he already had coming into it?

Dressel is out of this world on the start and the breakout. His turns are over hyped. I think some assume because of his yards times that he’s Phelpsian or Crockeresque on the turns and he simply isn’t. Watch his races. He has a huge advantage off the start and break out but he’s not really putting time into his closest competitors off the turns.

Big Calves
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
4 years ago

Pvdh was that fast with a horrible start and turn.

Michael
Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

Watch this video of the finals from 2012 in the 100 Free and pay attention to lane 3, Cuba’s Hanser Garcia. You could argue he was the fastest “Swimmer” in the mens 100 free if you take out the start and turn. What may be even better is if you can find a video of his kick underwater. He basically runs a 2 beat kick and is a half to body length behind in his best 100 freestyle races and still went 48.0. Just watch those legs flailing around at 3:47 in the video…he doesn’t know what to do with them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY8F6NGuf5c

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