Caeleb Dressel wins gold in 100 freestyle
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, July 29, 2021

Caeleb Dressel (photo courtesy of Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(TOKYO) – At an Olympics where some of America's biggest stars have faltered, swimmer Caeleb Dressel lived up to the hype. Dressel claimed the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career with two furious laps in the pool, winning the 100 meter freestyle over defending champion Kyle Chalmers. As is his style, Dressel dove into the pool and came up with the lead. He was still ahead at the lone flip and turned away the Aussie's bid for a second straight gold. Dressel's winning time was an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds, a mere six-hundredths of a second ahead of Chalmers, who earned a silver medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. The bronze was claimed by Russian Olympic Committee swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov (47.44), who added to his silver in the 100 backstroke. The first three gold medals of Dressel's career were all in the relays: two in Rio de Janeiro, another in the 4x100 free relay at the Tokyo Games. Now, Dressel has earned a gold all by himself. Dressel's gold was the second of the morning for the Americans, who got a surprise victory from Bobby Finke in the Olympic debut of the men's 800 free.