Caeleb Dressel is the undisputed favorite within the 50m freestyle remaining on Sunday.© AFP
American powerhouse Caeleb Dressel admitted he was hurting after smashing his personal world report to win the boys’s Olympic 100m butterfly title Saturday for his third gold medal of the Tokyo Games. The two-time world champion touched in 49.45 seconds to raised his personal world greatest 49.50 set on the 2019 world championships. Hungarian 200m fly champion Kristof Milak was second in 49.68 — solely the fourth man ever to go underneath 50 seconds — and Noe Ponti of Switzerland third in 50.74. “It was a really fun race to be a part of and exciting for the sport,” mentioned Dressel.
“It was well executed, my body wasn’t as good as it could have been, it was the body I was given on this day, I felt better yesterday.
“It damage actually unhealthy however it was nice,” he added. “I knew what my race plan was and caught to it, acquired the job carried out. What a detailed race. Two of the quickest instances in historical past.
“You don’t get that very often so to be a part of that is very special. The event is only going to get faster. I’m aware of that and it’s just exciting that it took a world record to win.”
Dressel was at all times the person to beat, having set the third quickest time ever within the heats with no different energetic swimmer earlier than the ultimate near his world report.
It was the fourth new world mark within the Tokyo pool, with a fifth set later within the morning session when Britain crushed the previous blended 4x100m medley relay time.
Dressel’s was solely the second particular person one after South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker beat the long-standing 200m breaststroke mark on Friday.
Australia’s girls set a brand new benchmark within the 4x100m freestyle relay, as did China within the girls’s 4x200m relay.
Dressel may nonetheless declare two extra gold, having already received the 100m freestyle crown and helped the US crew clinch the 4x100m relay title.
He is the undisputed favorite within the 50m freestyle remaining on Sunday and is anticipated to again up and swim the 4x100m males’s medley relay, the ultimate Olympic swimming occasion.
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