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TOKYO – In a thrilling final, American swimmer Caeleb Dressel narrowly beat Australia’s Kyle Chalmers to win his first-ever individual Olympic gold medal.
The 24-year-old sprinter set an Olympic record in the super-fast two-lap race, clocking 47.02 seconds. At the end, he smiled and raised both hands in the air, to the applause of his teammates at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Dressel already won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at these Olympics and clocked an even faster time in the 100m today. At the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games, Dressel was part of the gold medalist relay team in the same event.
He holds the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, a record he hopes to beat in Tokyo. The final of this race will be on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
It was a good day in the pool for the United States
Fellow Floridian Bobby Finke won gold in the 800-meter freestyle, American women including Katie Ledecky won silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle team relay, and Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger won silver and bronze in the 200-meter butterfly.