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)
Men’s 50m Butterfly:
- Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida), 22.35
- Oleg Kostin (RUS), 27.70
- Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.79
- 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.”
- 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
- 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.