TOKYO (August 2, 2021) – At 24 years old, Caeleb Dressel won a total of five gold medals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, including three individual wins and two relay victories. He closed out competition in Tokyo by winning the men’s 100m butterfly with a world record time of 49.45 seconds and the men’s 50m freestyle with an Olympic record time of 21.07 seconds. Dressel, a Team Toyota athlete, was also a part of the U.S. men’s 4x100m medley relay team that captured the gold medal with a world record time of 3:26.78 over the weekend.
“That was a really fun race to be a part of – really fun,” Dressel said of his 100m butterfly gold medal race. “I’m sure it was fun to watch, I’m just excited for the sport. It was well executed – body wasn’t as good as it could have been, that is just the body I was given on this day. I felt better yesterday for the fly, but it’s fine. I knew what I had to do to execute, and it hurt. What a close race. Two of the fastest times in history. You don’t get that very often, so to be a part of that is very special.”
A first-time captain for the U.S. in a senior-level international competition, Dressel has added to his incredible accolades by becoming just the fifth American male athlete to earn five gold medals in a single Olympics and just the third U.S. male swimmer to accomplish the feat. Earlier in the week, Dressel swam an Olympic record time of 47.02 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle to earn his first career individual Olympic medal. The two-time Olympian and Team Toyota athlete also reached the top step of the podium as a member of the U.S. men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team that won gold last week.
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