Dressel wins 50 free for 4th gold at world swim meet

July 27, 2019 - 4:30 am

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Caeleb Dressel is the world's fastest man in the pool.

The American won the 50-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships on Saturday, completing a 50-100 freestyle sweep and earning his fourth gold and fifth medal overall.

Dressel zipped from one end of the pool to the other in 21.04 seconds, bettering the championship record of 21.08 set by Brazil's Cesar Cielo at the 2009 worlds in Rome during the height of the rubber suit era.

Bruno Fratus of Brazil and Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece tied for silver in 21.45.

Dressel began what could be a big night. He is the top seed in the 100 butterfly and will swim leadoff in the mixed 4x100 free relay.

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