We counted on Caeleb Dressel to fill a big void.
With the retirement of Michael Phelps, Dressel became the face of the US men’s swim team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He however relished the spotlight, winning gold medals like no other male swimmer does. did at this year’s Games.
Already a world record holder in several upcoming events in this year’s games, Dressel has further boosted the hype that he is the last dominant American swimmer.
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Sporting News is following Dressel’s performance in Tokyo to see how many medals he adds on his second trip to the Olympics:
How many medals has Caeleb Dressel won in Tokyo?
Dressel has been busy during the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
He competed in three events on Friday: the 100-meter butterfly final, the 50-m freestyle semi-final and the free stage of the 4×100 medley relay. The result of the day was a gold medal, seeded number one in the 50 freestyle final and taking the United States from eighth to fifth in just 100 meters of swimming.
Dressel has been dominant for the US team. He set the Olympic record in the 100 freestyle to win gold with a time of 47.02, set a world record in the butterfly at 49.45 and gave the United States a solid head start in the relay. 4x100m freestyle, helping them win gold.
The only remaining events of his trip to Tokyo are the 50 freestyle and, if he is indeed chosen to run either butterfly or freestyle, the men’s 4×100 medley relay. The two finals will be played on Saturday.
|4×100 Freestyle Relay||Gold||3: 08.97|
|4×100 Medley Mixed Relay||5th||3: 40.58|
|4×100 Medley Relay||–||–|
Dressel’s total career medals
Dressel swam under the shadow of Phelps and Ryan Lochte at the Rio 2016 Olympics, but he used this step to quietly build up an impressive legacy with his medal count.
In 2016, he won swimming gold medals in the men’s 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley relays, which kicked off what has been a dominant career.
He has competed in the FINA World Aquatic Championships in long and short pools, as well as in the Pan-Pacific Championships. In the latter, he has two gold medals, two silver and one bronze. At the world short course championships, he won six gold and three silver. And in the long course championships, he collected 13 gold and two silver medals. Add them all up with his five Olympic gold medals, and Dressel has a total of 27 gold, nine silver and four bronze.
Along the way, Dressel broke records. He is the current world record holder in the 100 butterfly long course – set in his gold medal-winning race this year – and swam in the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay and world record holder that the United States established in 2019. On the short courses, he holds the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 medley in the world, and he has been in the men’s 4×50 freestyle relay, men’s 4×100 freestyle relay and the 4×50 mixed relay free.
He is the current US record holder for the 50 freestyle (LC and SC), 100 freestyle (LC and SC), 100 butterfly (LC and SC), 200 butterfly (LC and SC) and 100 individual medley. (SC). is part of the relay units of the American short course record on the 400 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.