Caeleb Dressel was as quick as advertised in the men’s 100m freestyle and beyond, winning his first individual Olympic gold medal with an Olympic record of 47.02.
Dressel, 13 times world champion and third fastest man in history, got off to a lightning fast start with a reaction time of 0.60 and barely managed to push the Aussie off. Kyle chalmers by 0.06.
“It’s been a really tough, really tough year,” said Dressel moved. “To get the results, it went really well so I’m happy.”
Chalmers took the money and Kliment Kolesnikov of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze.
Considered the fastest 100m final in history, it was fitting for Dressel to break the long-standing record of 47.05 set by Australian Eamon Sullivan in Beijing 2008.
After the race, Dressel, from the small town of Green Cove Springs, Florida, exchanged an emotional call from the Microsoft teams with a family watching from Florida.