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American Caleb Dressel wins the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.
Dressel also set a new Olympic record by covering distance in 47.02 seconds In the final test.
Australian Kyle Chalmers, gold medalist at Rio 2016, took the silver, while Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov came third and took the bronze.
The American swimmer entered the race as the favourite, passing Kolesnikov as he turned around and grabbed Chalmers’ strong end for victory.
It Dressel’s fourth gold medal, but the first individual, after two relay medals at Rio 2016 and a 4x100m freestyle medal in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old star couldn’t hide the excitement behind his win.
“I don’t know if I’ve cured him yet,” he said, crying during a video conference with his wife and family in the US. “It’s been a really tough year, a lot. I’m very happy.”
It was a successful day for American swimming in Tokyo, with one of its swimmers, Bobby Fink, also winning gold in the 800m freestyle final.
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