Caeleb Dressel swam to gold in the 50-meter freestyle Saturday night with a 21.47 time. The former Gator outswam Florent Manauduo from France by a staggering .48 seconds.
The human dynamo sprung into the race with a slower .63 reaction time but continued to build his lead 20 meters in. He didn’t take a breath the entire race.
Dressel narrowly missed his semifinals qualifying time of 21.42, but it was still more than enough to secure the victory. . He set world records in Tokyo already with the 100-meter butterfly time of 49.45 seconds.
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