Tokyo — US swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins the first individual Olympic gold medal in his multi-medal career at Thursday’s Showcase 100m Freestyle. World record may be set.
At the Tokyo Olympics, which has already brought a lot of shock and surprise, not surprisingly, the race must certainly meet the demands of speed and excitement.
“It will be a fast final,” said Dressel, who opened a Tokyo account in 4×100 freestyle gold on Monday and won the semifinals on Wednesday 47.23.
The 24-year-old, who won a record eight medals at the 2019 World Championship, including six gold medals, has already won three Olympic relay titles. Two of them are from Rio 2016.
Russian rival Kliment Kolesnikov appears to be the biggest obstacle after qualifying at 47.11, Europe’s record time.
“It’s going to be a huge race. Everyone did their best and now everyone swims in less than 48 seconds,” the Russian said.
The world record set in 2009 by César Cielo of Brazil is 46.91.
“Now I’m in 5th or 6th place in 47.5 seconds,” Kolesnikov said.
Australian defending champion Kyle Chalmers also raced, but in lane 7, Italy’s Alessandro Millessi passed the third fastest qualifying.
After making their Olympic debut and passing the fastest qualifying for the Men’s 800 Free, Ukraine’s Michael Romanchuk will launch his favorite morning program.
Australia’s Zac Stubblety Cook, alongside Britain’s James Wilby, is lined up in the central lane of the men’s 200m breaststroke for the fourth gold medal in his country.
Dutch swimmer Arno Kaminga, a 100-meter silver medalist, will start in lane 3.
For women, there are two medal events, the 200m Butterfly and the 4x200m Freestyle.
China’s Zhang Yufei clearly looks like a 200-meter favorite after slightly missing gold in the 100-meter butterfly won by Canada’s Maggie McNeill on Monday.
The relay was able to see Ariarne Tittoms of Australia collect her third gold in the game after resting for Wednesday’s qualifying.
Expect a completely modified Australian team to target their world record. Qualifying time of 7: 44.61 was almost 7 seconds ahead of Canada, the second fastest.