Another Michael Phelps record falls: American Caeleb Dressel shatters world record in 100-meter butterfly
Another Michael Phelps record has fallen.
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel eclipsed Phelps’ world record in the 100-meter butterfly Friday at the world championships in South Korea.
Dressel’s record swim comes just two days after Phelps’ world record in his signature event, the 200-meter butterfly, was broken by 19-year-old Hungarian Kristof Milak, whose 1:50.73 mark bested Phelps’ 1:51.51 time.
Dressel, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who specializes in the sprint events, set the record in a semifinal heat with a time of 49.50 seconds — shaving 0.32 seconds off Phelps’ mark that he set at the 2009 world championships.
The 22-year-old swimmer will be a heavy favorite in Saturday’s final, as he was 1.44 seconds ahead of Russia’s Andrei Minakov, who had the second-fastest qualifying time.
Dressel also holds American records in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter butterfly. He won both his Olympic gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games on relay teams, including one with Phelps on the 4×100-meter freestyle.
The University of Florida graduate is expected to star at the Tokyo Games next summer, having won seven gold medals at the 2017 world championships, only the second American to ever do so — behind Phelps.