2020 Tokyo Olympics: Caeleb Dressel Shatters World Record, Wins Third Gold in 100m Butterfly

by Chris Haney

Swimmer Caeleb Dressel is on fire at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he just shattered the 100-meter butterfly world record on the way to his third gold medal.

With 15 meters left in the 100-meter butterfly, Dressel was able to hold off Hungarian swimmer Kristof Milak for the win. It is Dressel’s second individual gold medal and third overall in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, the swimmer broke the 100-meter butterfly world record during the race. He clocked a ridiculous 49.45-second swim to barely beat out Milak whose time came in at 49.68.

On Tuesday, the Olympian advanced to the men’s 100-meter freestyle final behind another impressive swim. He not only finished first in the semifinal round, but he also had the fastest global time of 2021 with 47.23 seconds.

Dressel, a Green Cove Springs, Florida native, already had one gold medal to his name before the individual competitions. He led Team USA’s victory in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This is Dressel’s second summer Olympics after competing in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He took home two gold medals while in Brazil. He earned one in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the 4×100-meter medley relay. Heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Dressel was a veteran swimmer of Team USA, and was selected as one of two swimmers to captain the team. With three gold medals secured, he’s making his team and country proud.

Caeleb Dressel Shares Emotional Moment with Family After Winning Gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

On Wednesday, Caeleb Dressel broke another Olympics record while racing in the 100-meter freestyle. He may have been the favorite, but Australian Kyle Chalmers and Russian Kliment Kolesnikov pushed him to the brink.

The meet lived up to expectations as it came down to the wire. Chalmers seemed to be so close that it was hard to tell watching live who won the race between he and Dressel. However, the American came out on top, winning once again to take his medal count to two at the time.

Additionally, following the race, Dressel shared an emotional moment on TV after getting to see his family’s reaction. While being interviewed, reporters showed the swimmer a live feed of his family cheering him on. Dressel was so overcome with emotion at seeing his family and all their support, tears streamed down his face.

His performances in the individual competitions are already some of the best of all time. He won gold along with Team USA in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Then he swam the fastest 100-meter freestyle time in Olympic history. And tonight, he crushed the 100-meter butterfly world record and earned his third gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. His run in Japan continues to be legendary.