Caeleb Dressel aims for his first individual gold in the 100-meter freestyle.


Today’s morning-in-Tokyo session will produce five gold medalists. It is highlighted by one of swimming’s glamour events, the men’s 100-meter freestyle.

That race should be a showdown between Caeleb Dressel of the United States and Kyle Chalmers of Australia.

The rivalry has been building since the 2016 Rio Games, when Chalmers won gold and Dressel finished sixth, just shy of his 20th birthday. But Dressel has won a pair of world championships in the event since, and these Games feel like a true splashdown to broader fame.

Now 24, Dressel already led the United States to a gold medal in the 4×100 free relay, over Italy and Australia. A gold medal in the 100 would be a type of coronation for Dressel, who has two other events yet to swim — the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly.

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