Caeleb Dressel Smashes American Record in 50 Free Final For Gold

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American Caeleb Dressel set himself up for a huge night as he broke the American Record in the 50 free on Saturday night at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Dressel swam a monster 21.15 to win his second individual gold medal of the meet in the 50 free. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus (21.27) and Great Britain’s Ben Proud (21.43) finished in silver and bronze.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (21.46), Poland’s Pawel Juraszek (21.47), Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (21.67), Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev (21.73) and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo (21.83) also competed in the championship final.

Dressel wins the first American gold medal in the 50 free since Ben Wildman-Tobriner won in Melbourne in 2007. Dressel has a chance to pick up another gold medal in the 100 fly later on in the session.

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