Olympic champion Dressl will miss 100m freestyle at swimming worlds next month

Olympic champion Caleb Dressl (27-USA) will not be competing in the men’s 100-meter freestyle at the Fukuoka World Aquatics Championships next month.

Dressl finished 29th (49.42) in the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the 2023 U.S. National Championships, which kicked off today (Aug. 28) in Indianapolis (Indiana University). His time was well off his personal best (46.96), 토토사이트 which he set to win gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, as well as his Olympic record (47.02), which he set on his way to a podium finish at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. Championships serve as a qualifier for the World Championships. Dressl failed to qualify for the top eight finals and will compete in the 50-meter butterfly on Monday, the 100-meter butterfly on Tuesday and the 50-meter freestyle on the final day of competition next month.

The 100-meter freestyle is one of Dressl’s specialties. He won gold at the 2017-2019 World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. However, at the World Championships in Budapest (Hungary) last June, after finishing second overall in the preliminaries (47.95), she withdrew from the semifinals (16 swimmers) just over two hours before the start, raising questions about why. Earlier in the meet, she had won gold in the 50-meter butterfly and 400-meter freestyle relay, and seemed to be cruising to a multi-medal performance. The US team only said that “the decision to withdraw was made in consultation with the athlete, coach, and team doctor for medical reasons,” which only fueled the curiosity.

Dressl’s withdrawal opened the door for Hwang Sun-woo (20-Gangwon Provincial Office), who had failed to qualify. The Australian, who was tied for 17th (48.61) in the preliminaries, opted out of the swim-off. When Hwang was notified of his start, he rushed to the stadium to warm up. He finished fourth in heat 1 (48.08) and 11th overall in heat 2, missing out on the top eight final.

Dressl later withdrew from the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, as well as the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly, and returned to the United States. Silent on the specific reasons for his withdrawal, he said on social media in September last year, “I miss the pool, but I’m happy to be away from swimming. I would advise anyone who needs a break to take it, and I will be back 안전놀이터순위.”

After being away from the pool for a while, Dressl competed in national meets last month and earlier this month to check his fitness in his main events, the freestyle and butterfly. She didn’t break any records. With seven Olympic gold medals and 15 world championship gold medals, experts expected her to live up to her reputation at nationals, but she faltered from the start.

While Dressl struggled, four other swimmers, including Ryan Held (47.63), finished their preliminary races in the 47s. The world No. 1 time in the men’s 100-meter freestyle for the 2023 season is 47.22 set by Fan Zhanle (19-China). Hwang recently posted a season’s best of 47.79 (9th in the world) at the Gwangju Championships.

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