American swimmer Dressel joins Olympic pantheon with five golds in Tokyo

Make five for Caeleb Dressel.

The American star won his fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Games, completing one of the great achievements in Olympic history. He joins an elite club of only four other swimmers ever with at least five gold medals in a single competition.

Dressel swam the butterfly leg as the Americans set a world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 26.78 seconds – more than 3:27.28 that they achieved at the 2009 Rome World Championships in rubber suits.

Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew and Zach Apple joined Dressel on the winning team and saw the Americans finish the swimming competition with another gold in a race they have never lost in the Olympics.

Earlier in the session, Dressel won the 50 freestyle for his third individual title of the games. He also won gold in the relay twice.

Dressel shone in the pool with Australian Emma McKeon, who won two more golds on Sunday to bring her total to seven: four golds and three bronzes.

Following on from Dressel’s final day, McKeon won the 50 free and took the butterfly on the Aussies’ winning women’s 4×100 medley relay team.

McKeon became the first female swimmer to win seven medals in a single competition. The only men doing it are Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi.


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