TOKYO – Caeleb Dressel won his first individual Olympic gold, winning the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday.
Dressel won in 47.02 seconds, a new Olympic record, beating Aussie Kyle Chalmers by .06 of a second.
Dressel has already won gold as part of the 4×100 free relay on Monday here at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Dressel, 24, has become one of the most dominant swimmers in the world since he made his Olympic debut as a college student five years ago. He is favored to win the 50 free and 100 fly here after swimming the fastest times in the world this year during the Olympic Trials in June.
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In addition to his remaining individual events, he is expected to be part of the USA’s mixed medley and 4×100 medley relays.
Since the last Olympics, Dressel has claimed 15 world championship medals – 13 of them gold.