Caeleb Dressel Eclipses 100 Free American Record with 47.17

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Caeleb Dressel continued to flex his sprint prowess in finals of the men’s 100 free, holding on to his mark as the top seed with a first place finish of 47.17.

His time eclipses the record he set on the first day of competition with a 47.26 lead for the men’s 400 free relay. Previously the record had been a 47.33 set by David Walters in 2009.

Comparative splits:

  • Dressel (2017): 22.31, 24.86 = 47.17
  • Dressel (2017): 22.29, 24.97 = 47.26
  • Walters (2009): 22.78, 24.55 = 47.33

Fellow American Nathan Adrian thundered to second, holding off a fast-charging Mehdy Metella of France. The two delivered similar times of 47.87 and 47.89 to round out the podium.

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy picked up fourth overall with a 47.92, followed by a tie between Great Britain’s Duncan Scott and Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini. The two stopped the clock at matching times of 48.11.

Jack Cartwright of Australia turned in a 48.24 for seventh, while Ukraine’s Sergii Shevtsov concluded the top eight with a 48.26.

This is the United States’ first World title in the 100 free since Anthony Ervin won in 2001.

Dressel interview:

Adrian interview:

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