2020 Tokyo Olympics: Caeleb Dressel Advances to 100M Freestyle Final with Fastest Global Time of 2021

by Joe Rutland

Team USA swimmer Caeleb Dressel advanced to the men’s 100-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a truly fast time.

Dressel finished first in his semifinal with the fastest global time of 2021 in 47.23 seconds. Take a look at the final moments of his victory.

Dressel, who is a native of Green Cove Springs, Fla., already has one gold medal to his name. He was part of the Team USA victory in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Is Second Summer Games For Dressel

Now Dressel is one of the team’s veterans as he captured two gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He won gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the 4×100-meter medley relay.

After that, he just showed out at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Dressel won seven gold medals, becoming just the second swimmer to do so. Guess who was the first to do it? Former Team USA swimmer Michael Phelps back in 2007.

He followed that up by winning six gold medals at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships at Gwangju, South Korea.

Dressel is one of two captains for the Team USA swim team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ryan Murphy also has the captain tag, too, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier this year, Dressel married fellow swimmer and high school sweetheart Meghan Haila in February 2021.

But Caeleb Dressel will have his focus on winning another gold medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle final.

Dressel Decided To Share Earlier Olympics Gold Medal with Teammate

As we mentioned, Caeleb Dressel won an earlier gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

In fact, Dressel on Monday tossed his gold medal to Team USA swimmer Brooks Curry.

In an online video, Dressel removed the gold medal he just won and tossed it to Curry.

Curry had been in the stands at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, cheering on his fellow swimmers as they took home the win. Prior to the race, Curry played an important role in Team USA reaching the finals. He raced in the preliminaries on Sunday, scoring a fast enough lap time to help the team advance forward.

Dressel wanted to give credit where credit is due. He felt that Curry had the more difficult, thankless job of getting there. That’s one reason Dressel shared in a bit of that Olympic glory.

“I had the easiest job last night out of everyone here, I got to watch it on TV,  so I felt like (Brooks) deserved that a little more than me,” Dressel said.

But Olympics fans, don’t take your eyes off Dressel as he also goes for another gold medal.