FINA Best Male Swimmer 2017

Dressel in 10 clicks

December 10th, 2017

World wonder

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Caeleb Dressel was the best male swimmer of the FINA World Championships Budapest 2017, after getting seven gold medals in the competition: 50m and 100m free, 100m fly, 4x100m free relay, 4x100m medley relay, 4x100m mixed free relay and 4x100m mixed medley relay

Mystery

“I love the fact that you can always learn something from swimming. Swimming is a little bit of a mystery. You have to respect the sport, and sometimes the challenge is piecing everything together. There will always be something new, different and exciting”

Junior saga

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At the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai (UAE), Dressel was the athlete to watch, after earning one gold, two silver and three bronze medals

Modest trials

In 2012, still at 15, Dressel tried to qualify for the London Olympic Games, but the attempt was modest: he finished 145th in the 50m free and 152nd in the 100m free

Déjà-vu?

This is only the second time a swimmer earns seven gold medals in a single edition of a World Championships. The previous one happened in Melbourne 2007, with Michael Phelps

US dominance

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This is the sixth time (out of eight) that a US swimmer gets the “FINA Best Male Swimmer of the Year” award. The only non-US recipients were Chad Le Clos (RSA), in 2014, and Mitch Larkin (AUS), in 2015

New Phelps?

“The comparisons are inevitable. I’m not the same person as Michael. I don’t think it puts any more pressure on me. Michael texted me, saying ‘good job’. He’s a heck of a team-mate, a great guy and a heck of a leader. I love him to death”

Rio appetizer

Dressel wasn’t an unknown swimmer when he arrived in Budapest in July 2017. At the Rio 2016 Games, he got two gold medals, in the 4x100 free and 4x100m medley relay event

3 in 1

Dressel was the first swimmer ever to win three gold medals in the same session of the World Championships. On July 29, 2017 in Budapest, he was the best in the 50m free, 100m fly and helped his team getting the 4x100m free crown!