Record-Setting Swimmer Caeleb Dressel on Five Gold Medals: Not Enjoyable But Worth It


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Who won 50 free?

TOKYO โ€” American Caeleb Dressel made it 3 for 3 Sunday morning on the final day of the Olympic swimming competition, winning the men's 50-meter freestyle for his third individual gold medal of these Games. Dressel won in 21.07 seconds, setting an Olympic record, followed by Florent Manaudou of France in 21.55. USA TODAYCaeleb Dressel wins gold medal in 50-meter freestyle at Olympics, his third individual gold in Tokyo

How many gold medals has Dressel won in Tokyo?

Caeleb Dressel's Picture-Perfect Tokyo Olympics. Six different events, 12 total swims, record-breaking times and five gold medals: The 24-year-old capped off the Games in phenomenal fashion. Sports IllustratedCaeleb Dressel's Picture-Perfect Tokyo Olympics

Who won the men's swimming relay?

Team USA stormed to victory at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre today and set a new world record of 3:26.78 in the men's 4x100m medley relay. olympics.comTeam USA break world record to win men's 4x100m medley relay

Who won the Olympic gold medal in golf 2021?

Xander Schauffele wins Olympic men's golf tournament Now he's the second men's golfer alive with a gold medal, five years after Justin Rose of Great Britain won it in 2016 at the Rio Games, where the sport returned to the Olympic program for the first time in more than a century. USA TODAYTokyo Olympics recap: Fred Kerley wins silver in men's 100, Suni Lee third on bars

What you missed in Tokyo: There's a new fastest man alive, Caeleb Dressel caps historic week, Xander Schauffele wins golf gold

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Day 9 in Tokyo marked the final visit to what has been a lucrative location for Team USA at these Olympic Games: the pool. There was also Xander Schauffele winning America's first gold medal in golf in 121 years. Then, Day 10 got underway with men's and women's gymnastics event finals. Two American gymnasts found the podium, with newly minted all-around champion Sunisa Lee taking bronze in the uneven bars and MyKayla Skinner -- who stepped in to compete when Simone Biles withdrew -- earning a silver medal in the vault.

Then, a new fastest man alive was crowned as Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs put on a show in the men's 100-meter final -- becoming not only the first Italian man to win gold in the event, but the first to medal in it.

But first, back to the pool, where Team USA had a spectacular last day. Caeleb Dressel started it by swimming an Olympic-record 21.07 seconds to take gold in the 50-meter freestyle. As soon as he took off from the diving board, there was no looking back for the sprint star.

Right after, Bobby Finke, who sprinted the last 50 meters to win the 800-meter freestyle, came out and did exactly the same in the 1,500-meter freestyle. He hovered in fourth place before he bolted late for his second long-distance gold -- becoming the first American swimmer in 37 years to win the 1,500-meter freestyle event.

The brilliant day for Team USA continued with the women's 4x100 relay team throwing down a nearly perfect race. Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil missed the gold by 0.013 seconds, finishing second to Australia.

The last race of the day was the men's 4x100-meter medley relay -- an event the U.S. has never lost. Swimming in Lane 1, Ryan Murphy started with the backstroke, followed by Michael Andrew in the breaststroke, Dressel in the butterfly and Zach Apple finishing the race strong in the freestyle.

Team USA's quartet clocked a world-record time of 3:26:78 to win the gold.

Here's what you might have missed from a jam-packed weekend of Olympic action:

Remember the name. Lamont Marcell Jacobs made history on Sunday as the first Italian man to medal in the men's 100-meter final. But rather than settle for a spot on the podium, Marcell Jacobs went ahead and earned gold with a time of 9.80 seconds.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs for the GOLD in the men's 100m final. Fred Kerley brings home the silver. #TokyoOlympics

Marcell Jacobs celebrated the joyous moment with fellow Italian -- and fellow gold medalist -- high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi.

Italy! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Wow! #UnitedByEmotion #Tokyo2020 #StrongerTogether

It was an American, Fred Kerley, who claimed the silver medal with a personal best of 9.84.

Kerley shocked many earlier this year when he announced that he would focus on the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints and away from the 400. For anyone who still has questions about the decision, his new hardware would like a word.

FRED KERLEY. 100M RUNNER. @fkerley99 sprints to 100m dash silver! #TokyoOlympics

Spoiler: It is. Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas didn't just come to claim gold in the women's triple jump, she came to smash the world record with an incredible jump of 15.67 meters.

In an Olympic Games full of meaningful moments, it's hard not to feel like this one has to be in consideration for the most moving of them all. Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to share the gold medal in the men's high jump rather than competing in a jump off after both athletes cleared 2.37 meters.

Gianmarco Tamberi of #ITA takes gold in the men's high jump alongside Mutaz Essa Barshim!@WorldAthletics | #StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | #Athletics

Men's high jumpers from Qatar and Italy just tied in the high jump and agreed to quit together and share the gold medal. They could have kept going. Never seen anything like that. Wow.

The men's 100-meter heats started Sunday morning. Speed was expected, speed was delivered.

American Xander Schauffele has never won a golf major. Now, he's one of two men's golfers alive who can put a gold medal around his neck. Schauffele finished in the top 10 at all four majors in his young career, but finishing atop the leaderboard at the end of a major weekend has eluded him. Now he has the most precious of Olympic medals, five years after Justin Rose of Great Britain won it in 2016 at the Rio Games, where the sport returned to the Olympics for the first time in over 100 years.

The putt that sealed the deal. @XSchauffele for Olympic ๐Ÿฅ‡!@USAGolf x

"I kind of wanted this one more than any other one... a little speechless now in all honesty."@XSchauffele on what it's like to win Olympic gold for @TeamUSA and for his family. #TokyoOlympics

It's #Golf gold for Xander Schauffele!#USA wins their first Olympic gold in an individual event in this sport since 1900!@igfgolf @TeamUSA

Schauffele, 27, carded a 4-under 67 in Sunday's final round to finish 18 under par for the tournament.

Caeleb Dressel finished off his individual Olympics run in perfect fashion, winning the 50-meter freestyle in the last session of swimming with an Olympic-record 21.07 seconds. France's Florent Manaudou finished second, and Brazil's Bruno Fratus picked up bronze.

Bobby Finke has another gear. After sprinting to the finish line in the 800-meter freestyle, Finke repeated the same in the 1,500 meters. He sprinted for his second individual Olympic gold medal, recording the second-fastest time in U.S. swimming history in 14:39:65. Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk finished second, and Germany's Florian Wellbrock took third.

"It means the world to me. I was just trying to hold on and try to get the hand on the wall," Finke said.

In the 800-meter freestyle, Finke shaved 5.71 seconds off his personal best in 2021 to break an American record and win the Olympic gold. In the 1,500-meter free, he took 9.05 seconds off his personal best in 2021 to win the gold. With Finke's win, the United States won gold medals in both the men's and women's 1,500-meter freestyle events.

This was the first win for Team USA in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle in 37 years.

Distance KING, @Robert_Finke! ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฅ‡#TokyoOlympics x @TeamUSA

USA 800/1500 sweep!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ@USASwimming #BobbyFinke

Team USA's Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple swam a world-record pace to win the 4x100-meter medley relay in 3:26:78. This is a race the U.S. has never lost. Great Britain grabbed silver, followed by Italy.

GOLDEN HOUR. ๐Ÿฅ‡#TeamUSA ends the swimming competition with a gold medal in the men's 4 x 100m medley relay. #TokyoOlympics

With a throw of 64 feet, 11.25 inches (19.79 meters), 25-year-old American Raven Saunders earned a silver medal in the shot put.

The DRAMA. The ANGLES. @GiveMe1Shot is giving us everything. #TeamUSATF

Gave her a shot and she took it.@GiveMe1Shot claims silver in shot put. #TokyoOlympics

Australia's Emma McKeon continued to flourish in Tokyo, winning the women's 50-meter freestyle with an Olympic-record swim of 23.81 seconds. It was her sixth Olympic medal in Tokyo, her third gold. Sweden's Sarah Sjรถstrรถm finished second, and Denmark's Pernille Blume picked up bronze.

Australia took the gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay on the final day of swimming in Tokyo. USA's Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil finished in second place -- just 0.013 seconds behind the gold medalists.

USA and Australia were neck and neck for most of the race. Australia finished with an Olympic-record 3:51:60. Canada picked up bronze. Australia's McKeon, who was a part of the relay race, won her second gold of the night -- and seventh Olympic medal overall in Tokyo.

McKeon is only the second woman to win seven medals at a single Olympics, tying a record set in 1952, and now has the most Olympic medals of any Australian Olympian.

Today's aquatic events might have played a part in inspiring the next generation.

We personally think that this #FutureOlympian NAILED this dive! #TokyoOlympics (๐ŸŽฅ Tod Farr/TT)

Team USA swept the top three positions to advance to the finals in two separate events -- women's hammer throw and the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

On to the final! All three #TeamUSATF Women's Hammer Throw athletes advance! #Tokyo2020 @brookeandersen8 (74.00m)@MzBerryThrows (73.19m)@DeannaPrice32 (72.55m)

That's our Team ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ! All three advance to the Women's 3000m Steeplechase final. @emmajcoburn (9:16.91)@courtfrerichs8 (9:19.34)@val_constien (9:24.31)#TeamUSATF #JourneyToGold #Tokyo2020

American cyclist Hannah Roberts won silver in the Olympic debut of the BMX freestyle.

Hannah Roberts wins silver in the inaugural Olympic #BMXFreestyle park competition!@UCI_BMX_FS @TeamUSA

"OMG THEY'RE PLAYING MY SONG." - the horse at the club

After defeating France in the GOLD medal match of the #TokyoOlympics 7s tournament, New Zealand women's rugby players performed a traditional haka.

New Zealand claimed its first-ever gold medal in Olympic rugby sevens with a 26-12 victory over France in the final of the women's competition at Tokyo Stadium.

Katie Ledecky bid farewell to the Olympic Village, but it's not the end of the road for the 24-year-old swimmer. She plans to try to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics "and maybe beyond as well."

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle celebrated the 25th anniversary of winning a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

25 years ago, WWE legend Kurt Angle won Olympic gold with a BROKEN NECK ๐Ÿ‘

On this day 25 years ago, I won the Olympic Gold in freestyle wrestling. #withabrokenfreakinneck ๐Ÿ˜†No better way to spend my 25 year anniversary than with my beautiful family......My wife and kids said I should buy a boat now. We shall see ๐Ÿ˜ƒ#25yearsofgold #olympics #1996

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