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GWANGJU, South Korea – Team USA snagged another gold medal when Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida) won the men’s 50m butterfly event at the Nambu International Aquatics Centre in Gwangju, South Korea. With his finish, he also set a new championship and American record. Team USA has won two gold, two silver and a bronze in pool competition so far in Gwangju.

Team USA Athlete Medal Count at the 2019 FINA World Championships (LCM)

Caeleb Dressel2002
Nathan Adrian1001
Zach Apple1001
Blake Pieroni1001
Mallory Comerford0101
Kelsi Dahlia0101
Katie Ledecky0101
Simone Manuel0101
Abbey Weitzeil0101
Leah Smith0011

Men’s 50m Butterfly:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida), 22.35
  2. Oleg Kostin (RUS), 27.70
  3. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.79
  4. Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club), 22.80

Dressel on his race: “I’m very happy with it. Of course, I’m going to be happy with gold. That’s faster than two years ago and a better place than two years ago, so I think it’s good and good for Team USA, so I’m happy I can be a part of keeping that ball rolling.”

Dressel on trying to find speed in this race: “I watched some of the other racers from the prelims – I don’t know the name of the Russian that was next to me – but I watched his race video. He had a really good kick during the stroke. I noticed I was fumbling a little bit, I had a lot of white water, so each race I just try to keep it underwater a little more. You can always learn from anybody. If they’re five years old or if they’re 40, you can always learn something. I watched the Russian’s kick and learned something there and I’m just getting better each race. I’m just improving and relaxing. If I try to be fast, I’m no good. It’s best to shut everything off, let instinct take over and have a good race. That’s what I tried to do.”

Andrew on his race: “Going into the race the plan was to win. It’s always to win gold, but I knew I had the freedom to race – regardless of what the result was going to be – because I had done the work up to this point and all I could do was be present and let the training speak for itself.”

Andrew on lessons learned: “I think I did everything in my power. I think it’s one of those things where I’ll use the momentum, stay in my own lane and continue to go because I’ve got three [50m races] left and plenty more racing.”

Race Notes:

  • Dressel’s win gives Team USA their first gold in this event at any world championships. It also marks his ninth gold medal in world championships competition
  • Dressel set a world championship and American record with this finish
  • If Dressel wins another gold medal in Gwangju, he’ll become the seventh American to boast double-digit medals in World Championships history — joining the ranks of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Aaron Peirsol, Matt Biondi and Matt Grevers.
  • Andrew’s time of 22.80 is a personal record

Women’s 200m Individual Medley:

Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.53

Shiwen Ye (CHN), 2:08.60

Sydney Pickrem (CAN), 2:08.70

Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics/Georgia), 2:08.91

Race Notes:

  • Margalis was .2 off her personal best and improved her 2019 time by a half second  
  • She was fourth in this event at both the 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games 
  • Hosszu becomes the first woman to win five world championship titles in swimming, as well as the first to win four world titles consecutively 

The eight-day meet continues through Sunday at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center.