TOKYO, Japan — Caeleb Dressel lived up to the hype in an Olympics where many of the U.S. favorites have faltered.
Dressel claimed the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career with a victory in 100-meter freestyle.
Dressel finished a mere six-hundredths of a second ahead of defending champion Kyle Chalmers.
He held off Chalmers with a furious sprint to the wall. The winning time was an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds.
Dressel left Chambers, the 2016 winner, with a silver medal this time. The bronze was claimed by Russia’s Kliment Kolesenikov.
The first three gold medals of Dressel’s career were all in the relays.
Now, he’s got one earned all by himself.