Watch Caeleb Dressel Break Michael Phelps’ 100 Fly World Record (Race Video)

Caeleb Dressel (top) of the United States of America (USA) on his way to a New World Record in the men's 100m Butterfly Semifinal during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 26 July 2019.
Caeleb Dressel (top) of the United States of America (USA) on his way to a New World Record in the men's 100m Butterfly Semifinal during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 26 July 2019.Photo Courtesy: PATRICK B. KRAEMER

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Another world record by the great Michael Phelps has been eclipsed at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

This time it was Caeleb Dressel that broke a Phelps record, swimming the 100 fly semifinals in 49.50 to eclipse the mark that Phelps set of 49.82 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Michael Phelps held the record for 10 years.

“It is very special. It is something I thought I could do. Thank you Michael for what you have done and the challenge you set out for all the swimmers nowadays,” Dressel said after the race. “I thought I could do it and it was my time to do it.”

Phelps set his mark going heat-to-head with Milorad Cavic at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Dressel will look to continue the pace in tomorrow’s final.

Finalists for the 100m, Gwangju 2019:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.50 WR
  2. Andrei Minakov (RUS), 50.94
  3. Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.95
  4. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 51.40
  5. Marius Kusch (GER), 51.50
  6. Mehdy Metella (FRA), 51.62
  7. James Guy (GBR), 51.69
  8. Matthew Temple (AUS), 51.70

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World Record Progression:

  • 51.81, Michael Klim, AUS (1999)
  • 51.76, Andriy Serdinov, UKR (2003)
  • 51.47, Michael Phelps, USA (2003)
  • 50.98, Ian Crocker, USA (2003)
  • 50.76, Ian Crocker, USA (2004)
  • 50.40, Ian Crocker, USA (2005)
  • 50.22, Michael Phelps, USA (2009)
  • 50.01, Milorad Cavic, SRB (2009)
  • 49.82, Michael Phelps, USA (2009)
  • 49.50, Caeleb Dressel, USA (2009)

All-Time Performers:

  1. 49.50, Caeleb Dressel, USA (2019)
  2. 49.82, Michael Phelps, USA (2009)
  3. 49.95, Milorad Cavic, SRB (2009)
  4. 50.39, Joseph Schooling SGP (2016)
  5. 50.40, Ian Crocker, USA (2005)
  6. 50.41, Rafael Munoz, ESP (2009)
  7. 50.56, Chad Le Clos, RSA (2015)
  8. 50.62, Kristof Milak, HUN (2017)
  9. 50.64, Piero Codia, ITA (2018)
  10. 50.65, Albert Subirats, VEN (2009)

27 comments

  1. Bryan Kelsen

    Well done Caleb!!!! Keep it up!!!

  2. Becky Hopper

    Joel Green Ashley Coombs

    • Joel Green

      Becky Hopper 😱❤️❤️

    • Becky Hopper

      Joel Green isn’t It mad

    • Anna Belsey

      Joel Green The final will be interesting- Dressel vs Milak

    • Ben Shmuely

      Oren Malka אתה ממש רוצה שאני אראה אותו שוחה שוב אה חחחח

    • Ariel Korobov

      Ben Shmuely שתלמד איך מזנקים ועושים תת מימי

    • Ben Shmuely

      Ariel Korobov וואלה לקחתי ללב, אז ראיתי את זה 38 פעמים ועכשיו אני סוס תת מימי

    • Ariel Korobov

      Ben Shmuely רק אל תפסיד לי בזינוק

    • Ben Shmuely

      Ariel Korobov בוא בווינגייט במקפצה כמו בסרטון, זה מה שלמדתי עכשיו

    • Ben Shmuely

      Ariel Korobov בוא בווינגייט במקפצה כמו בסרטון, זה מה שלמדתי עכשיו

    • Bob O

      John McCormack Unreal start

    • John McCormack

      Bob O’Connell that’s what won him the 100fr… and that soul crushing turn in the fly…

  3. Zach Burr

    Amazingly powerful butterfly, great race.

    • Brandon Hammonds

      Andrea Hammonds he amazes me awesome swimming gave me chills

  4. Nancy Hopf Sintes

    Such a great dolphin kick…no one in the world does it better…except dolphins…😉

  5. Susan L. Lansbury

    love your humility, man….and talent! Wow!

  6. Max Nelson

    Eric Smith unreal swim

    • Eric Smith

      Max Nelson, the other world records to go down in the past two days: mens 200 fly, mens 200 breast, womens 200 back…crazy fast swimming at worlds this year. I’ve been watching 9-11 daily. That 100 fly time was in the friggin’ semifinals, too. Fun!