WATCH: Dressel Smashes American 50 Fly Record In Semis

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

From Karl Ortegon’s Day 1 Finals Recap:

MEN’S 50 FLY – SEMIFINALS

  • WR – 22.43, MUNOZ PEREZ Rafael: 5 APR 2009
  • CR – 22.67, CAVIC Milorad: 27 JUL 2009
  • WJR – 23.39, LI Zhuhao: 29 SEP 2015
  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA 22.76
  2. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine 22.77
  3. Nicholas Santos, Brazil 22.84
  4. Ben Proud, GBR 22.92
  5. Joseph Schooling, Singapore 22.93
  6. Henrique Martins, Brazil 23.13
  7. Tim Phillips, USA 23.25
  8. Andrii Khloptsov, Ukraine 23.31

Caeleb Dressel was out flying, quite literally, to win semifinal 1 of the men’s 50 fly. He tore past the American record of 22.91 held previously by Bryan Lundquist, set in 2009, by going 22.76. That’s a huge swim for him, and he’s making a case to be a prime gold medal contender tomorrow night. GBR’s Ben Proud was right there for second in the semifinal, also under 23 seconds at 22.92.

Andrii Govorov made it to the wall first in the 2nd heat, going 22.77 to take the 2nd seed for the final right behind Dressel. Brazil’s Nicholas Santos was right behind in 22.84, with Joseph Schooling of Singapore also under 23 seconds in that 2nd semifinal to move on to the final at 22.93.

Santos’s teammate Henrique Martins made the final in 6th (23.13), followed by American Tim Phillips (23.25) and Ukraine’s Andrii Khloptsov. The Ukrainian is young– he was born in 1998.

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