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Caeleb Dressel breaks 100-meter butterfly world record; Katie Ledecky cruises in 800 free

ESPN 31 July, 2021 - 08:10am

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TOKYO -- Swimmer Caeleb Dressel is pretty much invincible when he has a lane to himself.

But give him a deficit of more than 8 seconds?

Well, that's too much for even the world's greatest swimmer to overcome with two laps of the pool.

On a morning of mixed emotions and chaotic racing at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Dressel set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly but was basically doomed before he even dove into the pool in the new mixed relay Saturday.

So went his chances of joining a very exclusive club. His bid to win six gold medals fell apart with another U.S. relay debacle. The Americans were too far behind in the 4x100-meter mixed medley when their top swimmer took over, so the best Dressel could do was rally the U.S. to a fifth-place finish in an event that features two men and two women on each team. Britain set a world record to win the gold.

"Fifth place is unacceptable for USA Swimming," Dressel said. "It stings."

It was a disappointing capper to a golden morning for the Americans, whose biggest swimming stars both ascended to the top of the medal podium.

After Dressel won his third gold of the games, Katie Ledecky closed out her grueling Olympic program with a third straight victory in the 800 freestyle.

Ledecky was pushed hard by Australian rival Ariarne Titmus, but the American held on in a race she hasn't lost since 2010.

Ledecky finished with two golds, two silvers and a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics -- not as successful as she was five years ago in Rio de Janeiro but not bad at all.

Ledecky became the first women's swimmer to capture six individual gold medals in her career with another Olympic title in the 800 free, winning with a time of 8 minutes, 12.57 seconds.

Titmus closed strong to claim the silver in 8:13.83, while the bronze went to Italy's Simona Quadarella in 8:18.35.

"I could see her the whole way," Ledecky said of Titmus. "I was trying to keep tabs on her and trying to inch my way out a little bit each 50. I knew she was just going to be lurking there the whole time."

Ledecky lost her first two individual matchups with Titmus but finally beat the Terminator in their final showdown.

"I knew I had to have a little gap," Ledecky said, "because if we were neck and neck on the last 100, I know she has that finish."

Dressel led from the start in the fly and held off Hungary's Kristof Milak to touch in 49.45 seconds, breaking the mark of 49.50 that the American set at the 2019 world championships.

Milak, winner of the 200 fly, earned the silver with a blistering 49.68. The bronze went to Switzerland's Noe Ponti.

When he saw the "WR" beside his name, Dressel smiled and joined hands with Milak in the lane next to him. They raised their arms together before Dressel flexed his left arm and pumped it in the air.

"He's going to put me out of a job one day, so I'm just trying to hang on as long as I can," Dressel said. "Kristof executed perfectly. We both swam exactly the race we needed to."

The Australian women added another gold.

Kaylee McKeown completed a sweep of the backstroke events with a victory in the 200. Her winning time was 2:04.68.

The silver went to Canada's Kylie Masse in 2:05.42, with another Australian, Emily Seebohm, claiming the bronze in 2:06.17.

Americans Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon finished fourth and fifth.

It's been a huge Olympics for the Aussie women. They have won six of their team's seven gold medals at the pool.

In another disappointment for the Americans, Simone Manuel failed to advance to the final of the 500 free, her only individual event in these Games.

The first Black American woman to win an individual swimming gold posted the 11th-best time in the semifinals and was eliminated, capping a trying year in which she was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome.

Dressel advanced easily in the men's 50-meter freestyle semifinals with the top final time (21.42).

The mixed medley was another story.

For the second time at these Olympics, the U.S. failed to win a relay medal, joining a fourth-place finish in the men's 4x200 freestyle. Before Tokyo, the Americans had never failed to finish in the top three of an Olympic relay they entered.

The Americans tried a different strategy than everyone else, going with Dressel on the freestyle while the other seven teams all closed with a woman.

The Americans faltered when Lydia Jacoby -- already the only woman swimming the breaststroke leg -- had her goggles knocked off on her dive into the water.

The 17-year-old struggled to finish in 1:05.09, her goggles dangling from her mouth as the rest of the field pulled away.

"I've never really had that happen before," said Jacoby, who wears a single cap while most swimmers wear two largely to prevent such a problem. "I was definitely panicking a little. My turn was where it was most rough because I couldn't see the wall."

"Anyone that swam with their goggles in their mouth like she did [knows] she did fantastic," said Ryan Murphy, who took the opening backstroke leg.

When 18-year-old Torri Huske passed off to Dressel after the butterfly leg, the Americans were 8.01 seconds behind the leaders and in last place.

Dressel furiously tried to cut into the huge gap. His 46.99 leg was better than his winning time in the 100 free individual event, but it wasn't nearly enough to chase down all the teams ahead of him.

"Everyone swam as well as they could in the moment," Dressel said. "We got beat by a better team."

Britain's team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin claimed the gold with a world record of 3:37.58. The silver went to China in 3:38.86, while Australia took the bronze in 3:38.95.

Dressel touched in 3:40.58, also finishing behind Italy.

He was hoping to sweep his six events, which would have made him only the fourth swimmer and fifth athlete overall to win six gold medals at a single Olympics.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps did it twice, capturing six golds at the 2004 Athens Games before setting the record with eight golds in Beijing four years later.

For Dressel, who has two more races on the final day of swimming, five golds is now the best he can do.

Katie Ledecky won another gold medal and then laughed in the face of a reporter who asked if she was retiring

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This time, the American superstar swimmer took gold in the women's 800-meter freestyle, an event she has dominated for almost a decade. It was her third straight gold medal at the event, having first won at London 2012.

If you look at the list of the fastest times ever recorded in the race, Ledecky now owns the top 24

Between her wins in London and Tokyo, Ledecky had also taken gold in the women's 800m freestyle at every world championship.

After the race, NBC's Michele Tafoya teed up Ledecky for a big moment: her potential retirement.

"I know you're in pain, and I know you're exhausted, and I know you're happy," Tafoya said. "How will you decide if this was the last swim for Katie Ledecky? What are we seeing here today?"

"Oh, that was not my last swim," Ledecky said through a smile. "I'm at least going to '24, maybe '28. We'll see. I just knew it was going to be my last swim here. You never take anything for granted. You don't know if you're going to be back at the next Olympics, so just try to soak it all in."

Ledecky is not going anywhere, and with the way she's dominated the 800m, why would she?

This was the last race we'll see Ledecky contest this year in Tokyo, but as she said loud and clear, she'll be ready for more at Paris 2024.

Tokyo Olympics: Caeleb Dressel wins his THIRD gold of the Tokyo Olympics in the 100m butterfly

Daily Mail 31 July, 2021 - 08:10am

By Associated Press and James Gordon For Dailymail.com

Caeleb Dressel won his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a world record in the 100-meter butterfly Saturday as his wife and family cheered him on from thousands of miles away at a special swimming viewing party in Orlando, Florida.

Dressel led right from the start and held off Hungary's Kristof Milak to touch in 49.45 seconds, breaking the mark of 49.50 that the American set at the 2019 world championships in Gwangju.

Milak, winner of the 200 fly, earned the silver with a blistering 49.68. The bronze went to Switzerland's Noe Ponti.

When he saw the 'WR' beside his name, Dressel smiled and joined hands with Milak in the lane next to him. They raised their arms together before Dressel flexed his left arm and pumped it in the air.

'He's going to put me out of a job one day, so I'm just trying to hang on as long as I can,' Dressel said. 'Kristof executed perfectly. We both swam exactly the race we needed to.'

Dressel is in contention to become of the most successful swimmers at an individual Games

Caeleb Dressel, of the United States, swims in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan

Christina Dressel, left, mother of Caeleb Dressel, and Meghan Dressel, his wife, both fall down Friday as they react as Dressel's win in the 100-meter butterfly in swimming

Christina Dressel, right, mother of Caeleb Dressel, hides as she can barely watch as her son races the men's swimming 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics

Friends and family of Caeleb Dressel celebrate as Dressel wins the 100 meter butterfly during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Viewing Party at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

Caeleb Dressel's family cheers him on thousands of miles away in Orlando as a special viewing party

Caeleb Dressel, of United States, celebrates wining the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Christina Dressel, mother of Caeleb Dressel, reacts as her son Caeleb wins the gold in the men's swimming 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics

Supporters of Caeleb Dressel erupt in cheers as he wins a gold medal in the 100m butterfly

Caeleb Dressel won his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympic in the 100m butterfly  

World Record medal reactions from Caeleb Dressel's family = pure. ❤️ #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/eM3gL5iQWQ

The moment Caeleb Dressel won gold in the 100 fly!! #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/gy2Q8ZqBU5

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Dressel's victory came in the first of three races on his morning schedule.

But it was a morning of mixed emotions and chaotic racing at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Dressel set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly, but was basically doomed before he even dove into the pool in the new mixed relay Saturday.

So went his chances of joining a very exclusive club. His bid to win six gold medals fell apart with another U.S. relay debacle.

The Americans were too far behind in the 4x100-meter mixed medley when their top swimmer took over, so the best Dressel could do was rally the U.S. to a fifth-place finish in an event that features two men and two women on each team. Britain set a world record to win the gold.

'Fifth place is unacceptable for USA Swimming,' Dressel said. 'It stings.' 

It was a disappointing capper to what had been a golden morning for the Americans, whose biggest swimming stars both ascended to the top of the medal podium. 

Caeleb Dressel, of the United States, swims in the men's 100-meter butterfly final, Saturday

He held off Hungary's Kristof Milak to break his own world record time of 49.45 on Saturday

First-placed USA's Caeleb Dressel, left, and second-placed Hungary's Kristof Milak hold hands after a hard-fought race

Caeleb Dressel of Team United States looks on after competing in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

From left, to right, Mike, Meghan, Kaitlyn, Tyler, and Christina Dressel sing the national anthem after Caeleb Dressel won the gold medal in the 100 meter Butterfly during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Experience at a special viewing party

Dressel had hoped to become the only the the fourth swimmer and fifth athlete overall to win six gold medals at a single Olympics but it wasn't to be.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps did it twice, capturing six golds at the 2004 Athens Games before setting the record with eight golds in Beijing four years later.

Phelps broke the mark held by Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Also winning six golds were East German swimmer Kristin Otto in 1988 and gymnast Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus in 1992, when he represented the Unified Team that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It was a great day in the pool for the USA as Katie Ledecky also claimed gold in 800m freestyle

It was a big day at the pool, with Katie Ledecky also claiming gold in her final event of these games. Ledecky was the big favorite to win the 800 freestyle, an event she hasn't lost since 2010. 

She is now the first female swimmer to win six individual golds in her Olympic career, breaking a tie with Hungary's Krisztina Egerszegi.

Ledecky already won the 1,500 free in Tokyo, to go along with two silver medals and a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle.

Dressel's victory came in the first of three races on his morning schedule. 

Dressel also advanced easily in the men's freestyle semifinals with the top final time (21.42).

The mixed medley was another story.

Dressel is seem limbering up before taking the plunge into the pool on Saturday

Caeleb Dressel dives into action during the Men's 50m Freestyle Semifinal at the Swimming event

Caeleb Dressel competes in a semi-final of the men's 50m freestyle swimming event

Dressel competes in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Gold medallist USA's Caeleb Dressel poses on the podium after the final of the men's 100m butterfly swimming event

For the second time at these Olympics, the U.S. failed to win a relay medal, joining a fourth-place finish in the men´s 4x200 freestyle. Before Tokyo, the Americans had never failed to finish in top three of an Olympic relay they entered.

The Americans tried a different strategy than everyone else, going with Dressel on the freestyle while the other seven teams all closed with a woman.

The Americans faltered when 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby - already the only woman swimming the breaststroke leg -had her goggles knocked off on her dive into the water.

The 17-year-old struggled to finish in 1:05.09, her goggles dangling from her mouth as the rest of the field pulled away.

'I´ve never really had that happen before,' said Jacoby, who one wears a single cap while most swimmers wear two largely to prevent such a problem. 'I was definitely panicking a little. My turn was where it was most rough because I couldn´t see the wall.'

Caeleb Dressel, of United States, swims to win the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Caeleb Dressel, of United States, finishes a men's 50-meter freestyle semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics

'Anyone that swam with their goggles in their mouth like she did (knows) she did fantastic,' said Ryan Murphy, who took the opening backstroke leg.

When 18-year-old Torri Huske passed off to Dressel after the butterfly leg, the Americans were 8.01 seconds behind the leaders in last place.

Dressel furiously tried to cut into the huge gap. His 46.99 leg was better than his winning time in the 100 free individual event, but it wasn´t nearly enough to chase down all the teams ahead of him.

'Everyone swam as well as they could in the moment,' Dressel said. 'We got beat by a better team.'

Caeleb Dressel, of the United States, left, talks with teammate Ryan Murphy after they finished fifth in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Caeleb Dressel of Team United States is pictured walking into the pool area with a towel on his shoulders

Britain's team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin claimed the gold with a world record of 3:37.58. The silver went to China in 3:38.86, while Australia took the bronze in 3:38.95.

Dressel touched in 3:40.58, also finishing behind Italy.

He was hoping to sweep his six events, which would have made him only the the fourth swimmer and fifth athlete overall to win six gold medals at a single Olympics.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps did it twice, capturing six golds at the 2004 Athens Games before setting the record with eight golds in Beijing four years later.

For Dressel, who has two more races on the final day of swimming, five golds is now the best he can do. 

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