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Monday, September 27, 2021
Caeleb Dressel, of United States, right, and teammates celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Caeleb Dressel, of United States, right, and teammates celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Caeleb Dressel capped off his legendary Olympic showing Saturday night atop the podium yet again.

The former Gator won his fifth gold medal in the 4x100 men’s medley relay with a world-record breaking 3:26.78 time, .73 seconds ahead of team Great Britain. Dressel swam the third stroke, the butterfly, in a staggering 49.5 seconds. 

The 2020 US team beat its 3:32.29 qualifying time by 5.51 seconds. 

The United States has taken home gold every year in the event since its inception in 1969. The 2020 team simply kept the tradition going. 

The US team started the race with Ryan Murphrey in the backstroke and headed into Michael Andrews’ stroke in first place. Andrews maintained a 1.61m/s pace in the breaststroke and gave Dressel a chance to take a prominent lead in the butterfly. Zach Apple sealed the win in the freestyle.

Dressel joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and others in the elite group of swimmers to have won five gold medals in the Olympics. 

Contact Faith Buckley at fbuckley@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @_faithbuckley


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Faith Buckley

Faith Buckley is a first-year journalism student at UF and The Alligator's swimming and diving beat writer. She is specializing in sports media to one day hopefully work as an NHL commentator.


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