Dressel Earns First Individual SC World Title, Sets American Record In 100 Free

Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

Caeleb Dressel grabbed his first individual gold medal of the meet in the 100 free  by the slimmest of margins tonight, setting a new American record in 45.62. Just .02 behind him in second was Vlad Morozov (45.64), who won the 50 free over Dressel earlier in the meet. Morozov will still finish off the year with the fastest 100 free in the world with a 44.95 from earlier this year during the FINA World Cup.

Dressel (on how much energy he has after such a busy week): “I actually feel alright right now. It was a long meet, but I’ve had meets where I was a lot more tired. This went smoothly. I’m happy to be done, don’t get me wrong … but it was a great performance all around from everyone on the team and it was really exciting to be a part of that.”

Dressel (on takeaways from his week in Hangzhou): “I feel like I’m in really good shape. They were pretty sloppy to be honest, a lot of them. I feel like I got better as the meet went on because that was faster than the first day of the meet tonight, so I think I was getting better every day. The speed was not quite there, but like I said I think I’m in really good shape. My last 50 was really good in the fly and the free, so I’m not worried about anything and it will be fun year next year at Worlds.”

Morozov was actually out almost a half second ahead of Dressel (21.39 to 21.86), but Dressel had the fastest second 50 of the field (23.76) to pull off the win. In between the American and the Russian at the 50 was Chad le Clos, who flipped second in 21.59 and ended with the bronze medal in 45.89.

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  1. Jason Aldrich

    My favorite swimmer at the moment – Ryan Murphy a close second