2024 Olympic Games – Swimming. Caleb Dressel qualifies in 50m freestyle and will defend his title well

2024 Olympic Games – Swimming. Caleb Dressel qualifies in 50m freestyle and will defend his title well
2024 Olympic Games – Swimming. Caleb Dressel qualifies in 50m freestyle and will defend his title well

The day after his non-selection in the 100m freestyle, Caleb Dressel impressed. The seven-time Olympic champion will defend his 50m freestyle title at the Paris Games this summer after his victory during the American selections on Friday in Indianapolis.

Dressel won easily in 21”41, the 4th best time of the year in the world, ahead of Chris Guiliano (21”69), who won the 100m freestyle and took 2nd place in the 200m m freestyle earlier in the week. However, the 27-year-old swimmer only took 3rd place in the 100m freestyle, for which he also holds the Olympic title, which he will not be able to defend in Paris, with only the first two in the trials qualifying individually.

Qualified for the 4x100m freestyle relay, Dressel must still swim the final of the 100m butterfly this Saturday, after having achieved the best time in the semi-finals (50”79). “ I knew it would be a difficult evening. I didn’t feel that good, I went with my gut “, he commented.

The American above all confirmed on Friday, in the gigantic Lucas Oil Stadium usually occupied by American football, his return to the highest level, after three chaotic years since his raid at the Tokyo Games in 2021 (5 titles), marked by problems mental health.

“I will be faster”

Indeed, he had experienced cuts of several months outside the pools, had withdrawn from the World Championships in Budapest in 2022 before failing to qualify for those in Fukuoka in 2023.

« At certain times during these selections I experienced difficult moments. In my hotel room, off camera, discussions with my wife, my therapist… Everything was not rosy during these competitions “, he explained. “ I’ll be faster, he promised. And I can’t wait. »

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Furthermore, after her world record in the 100m backstroke and her success in the 200m butterfly, Regan Smith won the 200m backstroke in 2’05”16. The reigning world champion in the discipline Claire Cuzan only took 3rd place behind Phoebe Bacon. Carston Foster won the 200m medley (1’55”65) after his success in the 400m medley, and will be one of the main competitors of Frenchman Léon Marchand in both disciplines.

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