Olympian Caeleb Dressel absent from swimming world championships with a medical problem | Launderer’s report
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Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel will miss the remainder of the 2022 World Championships.
By Sports Illustratedit is Pat FordeDressel withdrew from his remaining events with a medical issue unrelated to COVID-19 after being scratched from the men’s 100-meter freestyle on Tuesday.
Lindsay Mintenko, general manager of the United States National Swim Team, posted a statement (h/t Swim Swam’s James Sutherland after Dressel was pulled from yesterday’s semi-final.
“A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Caeleb, his coach and team medical staff that he is withdrawing from the 100-meter freestyle event for medical reasons,” Mintenko said. . “The team will determine its participation in events later in the week.”
Dressel had already won gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 50-meter butterfly at the World Championships this weekend. The 25-year-old was still scheduled to compete in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
The World Championships was Dressel’s first major event since its historic participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He won five gold medals, making him the sixth American man to accomplish the feat at the Summer Games (Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, Eric Heiden, Anton Heida and Matt Biondi).
Dressel also became the first swimmer in Olympic history to win gold in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly in the same event. He set two world records in the 100 meter butterfly (49.45 seconds) and 4×100 meter medley (3:26.78).
Sunday’s victory in the 50-meter butterfly gave Dressel 15 career wins and 17 World Championship medals. Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky are the only swimmers in history with more wins and medals at this event.