Tokyo Games: Swimmer Caeleb Dressel Wins 100m Freestyle Gold As Virus Casts Shadow At Olympics
Tokyo Games: Caeleb Dressel powered to the wall in the men's 100m freestyle in a new Olympic record time of 47.02sec to dethrone charging Australian defending champion Kyle Chalmers.
- Caeleb Dressel won his second gold of the ongoing Olympics
- He came out on top in the men's 100m freestyle
- He also registered a new Olympic time
US swim star Caeleb Dressel won his second gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday to stay on track for a potential six-medal haul as organisers announced a record daily tally of coronavirus cases. Elsewhere on day six the golf competition got under way, with Austria's Sepp Straka setting the early pace as the big guns struggled to find their rhythm. Dressel arrived at the Olympics tipped to push for a Michael Phelps-style medal haul and already has two wins under his belt, with a potential four to come.
The 24-year-old powered to the wall in the men's 100m freestyle in a new Olympic record time of 47.02sec to dethrone charging Australian defending champion Kyle Chalmers.
Dressel, who spearheaded the United States to the 4x100m relay title earlier this week, will also race the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly and could feature in two other relays.
The swimmer, who won two relay golds in Rio, said he was proud to claim his first individual title.
"I didn't want to admit it but now I did it I can admit it, it's a lot different," he said.
"You can't rely on anyone else. It's just you in the water, there's no one there to bail you out. It's tough. It's really tough. So I'm happy to actually do it."
Dressel's 13 world titles have prompted inevitable comparisons with Phelps -- winner of eight Olympic golds at the 2008 Beijing Games and 23 in total.
Only Phelps, Mark Spitz and Kristin Otto have won six or more golds at a single Olympics in swimming.
Robert Finke won another gold for the United States in the men's 800m freestyle while Australia's Zac Stubblety-Cook claimed the men's 200m breaststroke gold in a new Olympic record time of 2:06.38.
China's Zhang Yufei won gold in the women's 200m butterfly and China rounded off the morning session by smashing the world record in the 4x200m women's freestyle relay, finishing ahead of the United States and Australia.
Kendricks tests positive
Away from the pool, double world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks became the latest high-profile withdrawal from the Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus.
"We are saddened to confirm that Sam Kendricks tested positive for Covid-19 and will not compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said on Twitter.
The Olympic golf tournament has also lost stars to coronavirus but started at Kasumisageki Country Club with a number of top players still involved.
Austria's Straka carded a 63 to set the early pace, two shots clear of Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Mexico's Carlos Ortiz.
Organisers announced a daily record of 24 new Games-related cases on Thursday, three of whom are athletes, taking the overall number of positive cases to 193.
The figures do not include all cases at airports and in training camps.
The women's all-around gymnastics event is due to take place on Thursday evening without Simone Biles, who arrived seeking to equal or even better Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's career haul of nine Olympic titles.
Biles's decision to ditch a second event due to mental health concerns, hot on the heels of her dramatic withdrawal from Tuesday's team event, has raised serious doubts about the American superstar's further participation in the Games.
"The outpouring love & support I've received has made me realise I'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," the 24-year-old tweeted on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic will be aiming for a place in the semi-finals of the men's singles as he faces home hope Kei Nishikori at Ariake Tennis Park.
On the eve of the athletics competition, 10 Nigerian athletes were among 18 competitors from "high-risk" nations barred from competing after failing to meet minimum standards for out-of-competition drug testing.
World Athletics' independent anti-doping arm said the athletes had failed to comply with rules that require athletes from countries deemed to be at highest risk of doping to undergo three no-notice out-of-competition tests in a 10-month period.