By James Sutherland on SwimSwam



About 30 minutes after setting a new American Record in the 100 freestyle, Caeleb Dressel recorded the fastest swim in history in the 100 individual medley.

Dressel destroyed the field en route to a final time of 49.88, becoming the first swimmer to eclipse the elusive 50-second barrier. The previous world record sat at 50.26, done by Russian Vladimir Morozov twice in 2018.

Less than a week ago, Dressel set the American Record in the event in a time of 50.48, which erased the 2012 mark of 50.71 held by his Florida training partner Ryan Lochte.

Split Comparison

Compared to his swim from six days ago, Dressel was out a bit quicker in 22.79, but made up most of his ground on the closing 50.

Dressel, Match 10 Dressel, Semi 2
22.96 22.79
27.52 27.09
50.48 49.88

Compared to Morozov’s old world record (the first time he broke it), Dressel was better by around two-tenths on both 50s.

Morozov, 2018 Dressel, 2020
22.96 22.79
27.30 27.09
50.26 49.88

Read the full story on SwimSwam: Caeleb Dressel Smashes 100 IM World Record To Become First Man Sub-50

Source: Swimming – SwimSwam