Caeleb Dressel Just Misses Michael Phelps’ 100 Fly World Record

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Caeleb Dressel won his second gold medal of the night on Saturday at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Dressel was oh-so-close to Michael Phelps’ world record in the 100 fly as Dressel became the third swimmer under 50 seconds with a 49.86 to win the gold medal. Dressel is now the second fastest performer in history behind Phelps. He moved ahead of Serbian Milorad Cavic for second all-time. He became the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in a textile suit.

It was perhaps the fastest field in history as second went to Hungarian Krisztof Milak (50.62) breaking his World Junior record from last night. Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Great Britain’s James Guy (50.83) tied for bronze in the event as those two picked up their first individual medals of the meet.

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh (50.92), China’s Li Zhuhao (50.96), Australia’s Grant Irvine (51.00) and France’s Mehdy Metella (51.16) also competed in the very very quick final.

The US now has ten overall gold medals in the men’s 100 fly at the World Championships as Dressel joins Phelps (2007-2011), Ian Crocker (2003, 2005), Pablo Morales (1986), Matt Gribble (1982), Joe Bottom (1978) and Gregory Jagenburg (1975) as gold medalists in the event.

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  1. avatar

    hahahah wouldnt you love to see what happens ..if Phelps made another COMEBACK now……but he wont because he would get crushed…lol,,just saying

    • avatar
      Cate Garrison

      No, he won’t because he has a wife, a kid, business interests and he’s moved on. Just saying.

  2. Mads Hald

    Magnus Kjær Lerche 0.04 fra Phelps WR *-*

  3. Neil Morgan

    More impressive because of the difference in swimwear, but that record is definitely under threat.

  4. avatar
    Cate Garrison

    Phelps thought it would be Schooling to break his record. Looks like it might be Dressel