Olympic Swimming 2021: Men's 100M Freestyle Medal Winners, Times and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 29, 2021

Caeleb Dressel, of the United States, celebrates after winning the men's 100-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Caeleb Dressel did it. And he did it in style.

The United States swimmer won the gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, setting an Olympic record (47.02) in the process. He just edged out the event's gold medalist at the Rio Games in 2016, Australian's Kyle Chalmers (47:08), who took silver.

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CAELEB DRESSEL GETS GOLD!<br><br>Itโ€™s an Olympic record in the menโ€™s 100m freestyle for <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamUSA</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TokyoOlympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TokyoOlympics</a> // NBC <a href="https://t.co/wH3VjN3LqC">pic.twitter.com/wH3VjN3LqC</a>

Pat Forde @ByPatForde

Dressel delivers. Phenomenal swim, held off Kyle Chalmers in the final yards by burying his head and finishing. Great turn as well.

Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach

Caeleb Dressel hung on!!!!! His first individual Olympic gold medal. What a swim.

The Russian Olympic Committee's Kliment Kolesnikov (47.44), one of the favorites heading into the event, earned bronze.

It was Dressel's second gold of the Tokyo Games, as he also stood atop the podium after the United States won the 4x100-meter freestyle relay alongside Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker and Zach Apple. It was his fourth gold overall, as he won two relay golds at the 2016 Olympics.

He was emotional after Thursday's win.

"I don't know if it's just set in yet. Right now I'm just kinda hurting," he said on the NBC broadcast after the race, between deep breaths. "But it's a really tough year. It's really hard. So to have the results show howโ€”I mean, it really came together, so I'm happy."

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

The emotions of gold for <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamUSA</a>'s Caeleb Dressel.<br><br>He reached the dream. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TokyoOlympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TokyoOlympics</a><br><br>๐Ÿ“บ: NBC<br>๐Ÿ’ป: <a href="https://t.co/Sdse4JEfNh">https://t.co/Sdse4JEfNh</a><br>๐Ÿ“ฑ: NBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/DsFw6LPu1a">pic.twitter.com/DsFw6LPu1a</a>

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Fresh off a gold medal victory, Caeleb Dressel got to see his loved ones, and the emotions came pouring out. <a href="https://t.co/0un7hde0hw">pic.twitter.com/0un7hde0hw</a>

Kyle Sockwell @kylesockwell

Caeleb Dressel's got us all tearing up right now.

Dressel swam his race, getting off to an incredibly fast start with an 0.60-second reaction time out of the blocks. His race strategy was clear: Catch me if you can.

Chalmers came close but couldn't quite catch the United States' dynamo, who joined impressive company with the win:

Paul Carr @PaulCarr

The legendary list of U.S. men to win Olympic gold in the 100m free:<br><br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Caeleb Dressel<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Nathan Adrian<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Matt Biondi<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rowdy Gaines<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Jim Montgomery<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Mark Spitz<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Don Schollander<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Clarke Scholes<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Wally Ris<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Johnny Weissmuller<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Duke Kahanamoku<br>๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Charlie Daniels

Dressel has a busy Olympics scheduled, with the 100-meter butterfly, mixed medley relay, 50-meter freestyle and men's medley relay yet to come. But he's already made his mark in Tokyo.