Securing his place as one of many largest stars of the Tokyo Video games, Caeleb Dressel grew to become simply the fifth swimmer to win 5 gold medals at a single Olympics.
Dressel received two extra golds Sunday on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, first profitable the lads’s 50-meter freestyle in an Olympic-record time of 21.07 seconds, then returning about an hour later to swim the butterfly leg and assist the U.S. set a world report in profitable the 4×100 medley relay, a race the People have by no means misplaced.
Along with his fifth victory, Dressel joined People Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi, in addition to East Germany’s Kristin Otto, as the one swimmers to win as many as 5 golds at one Olympics. Phelps did it 3 times.
“I am pleased with myself. I really feel like I reached what my potential was right here at these video games,” Dressel mentioned. “It was simply actually enjoyable racing.”
He does not plan to savor his triumph for lengthy, proper on par for a man who mentioned just a few days in the past that “swimming was much more enjoyable when nobody knew who I used to be.”
They actually know who he’s now.
“I give myself a pat on the again after which I simply wish to go house, put it away and transfer ahead,” Dressel mentioned.
Within the 50 free, Dressel cruised to a comparatively straightforward victory within the frenetic sprint from one finish of the pool to the opposite. France’s Florent Manaudou repeated because the Olympic silver medalist in 21.55 and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus claimed the bronze in 21.57, edging out American Michael Andrew for the ultimate spot on the rostrum.
Within the males’s medley, the People have been trailing two different groups when Dressel dived in for the fly. Identical to that, he blew by Britain and Italy with a blistering leg of 49.03 seconds, greater than a second quicker that anybody else.
Zach Apple made the lead arise on the freestyle to offer the People a world report of three minutes, 26.78 seconds, eclipsing the mark of three:27.28 they set on the 2009 Rome world championships in rubberized fits.
Ryan Murphy and Andrew joined Dressel and Apple on the profitable staff, making certain the People remained unbeaten within the medley relay, the ultimate swimming occasion on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Britain received silver, and Italy received bronze.
Dressel entered the day with golds within the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly, wherein he set the world report.
American Bobby Finke used a robust ending kick to win the grueling males’s 1,500-meter freestyle race for his second gold medal of the Olympics.
Simply as he did in profitable the 800-meter freestyle, Finke stayed closed all through the 30-lap race and turned on the pace on the finish. He touched in 14:39.65.
Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk took the silver in 14:40.66, and the bronze went to Germany’s Florian Wellbrock in 14:40.91. Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri light to fourth in 14:45.01.
The highest 4 have been shut practically your entire race, typically separated by lower than a second on the turns. However that was proper the place Finke wanted to be. After his closing lap within the 800, he knew he had the pace on the finish to beat everybody else.
“I used to be assured in my skill to come back house,” Finke mentioned.
Finke was maybe the most important American shock on the pool. Comparatively unknown earlier than the U.S. trials, he grew to become the primary American male to win the 1,500 since Mike O’Brien on the 1984 Los Angeles Video games.
“I got here in probably not anticipating to get a medal or something,” Finke mentioned, “and I come out of it with two golds.”
Australia’s Emma McKeon made historical past Sunday by profitable her sixth and seventh medals in Tokyo, probably the most ever in a single Olympics by a feminine swimmer. The one males to do it are Phelps, Spitz and Biondi.
McKeon received the ladies’s 50-meter freestyle in an Olympic-record time of 23.81 seconds. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom received the silver, and Denmark’s Pernille Blume, the defending Olympic champion, took bronze. American Abbey Weitzeil was final within the eight-woman discipline.
Lower than an hour later, McKeon obtained her historic seventh medal when she took the butterfly leg and helped the Aussies win the 4×100 medley relay in an Olympic-record 3:51.60. Weitzeil could not fairly maintain off Cate Campbell, leaving the U.S. with a silver at 3:51.73. The bronze went to Canada (3:52.60).
McKeon is barely the second lady in any sport to win seven medals at an Olympics, becoming a member of Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, who claimed two golds and 5 silvers on the 1952 Helsinki Video games.
“It nonetheless feels very surreal,” mentioned McKeon, a 27-year-old from Brisbane, Australia. “It should take somewhat bit to sink in. I am very pleased with myself.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.