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Caeleb Dressel Beats Michael Phelps' Record En Route To Gold, U.S. Swimmers Bring In 8 More Medals At Pan Pacs

By Karen Price | Aug. 11, 2018, 10:06 a.m. (ET)

Caeleb Dressel celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Aug. 11, 2018 in Tokyo.


Caeleb Dressel not only won the men’s 100-meter butterfly on the third day of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, but he also beat Michael Phelps’ meet record for his first gold medal of the week.

Using a strong back half, Dressel finished in 50.75 seconds to topple Phelps’ record of 50.86, set in 2010, and teammate Jack Conger won the silver medal with a time of 51.32. Theirs were two of eight medals the U.S. won on day three of this meet. It’s an important competition for Team USA. as this meet will help determine who competes at the 2019 world championships.

Katie Ledecky nabbed her second gold of the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle. She beat her meet record of 3:58.37, set in 2014, and claimed victory in 3:58.30, while holding off 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus of Australia (3:59.66) by a margin far closer than what Ledecky has become accustomed to. 

Titmus, who broke her country’s record in the 800 freestyle, also came in second to Ledecky at that distance on the first day of competition. Olympic silver medalist Leah Smith earned the bronze (4:04.23).

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Zane Grothe took bronze in the men’s 400 free, finishing in 3:45.37 behind a 1-2 punch of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin and Mack Horton. 

Kelsi Dahlia took second in the women’s 100 butterfly with a time of 56.44, behind Japan’s Rikako Ikee who touched in 56.08.

Chase Kalisz won another gold for himself and the U.S. with one of the fastest swims ever in the men’s 200 IM. His time of 1:55.40 was just off Ryan Lochte’s 2010 meet record of 1:54.43 but comes in as the sixth-fastest time ever and fourth-fastest time by an American. 

Capping off the day, the women’s 400 freestyle team, consisting of Dahlia, Mallory Comerford, Margo Geer and Simone Manuel, won silver (3:33.45). The men’s team of Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian set a new meet record and seemingly won gold in 3:11.67, but the team was later disqualified for swimming out of order, reportedly receiving the wrong order from coaches.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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