WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Drops Textile-Best 50m Free In 21.15, American Record

2017 FINA World Championships

July 23-30, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Dagály Aquatics Arena

Men 50m Freestyle -- FINAL
World Record: 20.91 -- Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
Championship Record: 21.08 -- Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
World Junior Record: 22.00 -- Hexin Yu (CHN), 2014
American Record: 21.15 -- Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2017

1.) Caeleb Dressel (USA) -- 21.15 (American Record)
2.) Bruno Fratus (BRA) -- 21.27
3.) Ben Proud (GBR) -- 21.43
4.) Vladimir Morozov (RUS) -- 21.46
5.) Pawel Juraszek (POL) -- 21.47
6.) Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (FIN) -- 21.67
7.) Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) -- 21.73
8.) Cesar Cielo (BRA) -- 21.83

Everybody was on the edge of their seats prior to the men's splash and dash. So much so, in fact, you could hear a pin drop in Duna Arena. The question on everyone's mind: could anyone challenge Caeleb Dressel? The answer to that turned out to be yes. Brazil's Bruno Fratus -- who has been incredibly consistent this year -- uncorked a 21.27 to earn the silver medal and crack the top 10 list of all-time performers. But this was Dressel's night. The American superstar laid down a 21.15 for the gold medal -- making him the third-fastest performer of all time and giving him the sixth-fastest performance of all time. Most notably, that is the fastest time ever swam in a textile suit. Great Britain's Ben Proud rounded out the podium with bronze in 21.43.


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