Seven-time U.S. Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel won the 100m butterfly at the U.S. Open on Friday in Greensboro (United States), where he hopes to begin his return to the highest level a few months before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
After an encouraging 50m freestyle on Thursday, Dressel won the 100m butterfly in 51.31 seconds, one hundredth of a second ahead of Canada's Ilya Kharun.
It's always nice to see fast lap times, like yesterday (Thursday) and tonight. It's just fun to be back. I'm halfway there, but I feel like I'm on time," said the swimmer.
Training is going well, this victory is the icing on the cake," added Dressel, who was powerful at the end of the 100m butterfly race when he was only 6th in the 50m.
Two chaotic years
His time on the day is still a long way from his own world record (49.45 in Tokyo in 2021), but is another sign of progress for the 27-year-old American who has endured two chaotic years after his triumph at the Tokyo Games in 2021.
Between months off the pool, he withdrew from the World Championships in Budapest in 2022 before failing to qualify for those in Fukuoka this summer.
Dressel, who will compete in the 100m freestyle at the US Open on Saturday, will have to go through the Trials scheduled in Indianapolis from June 15 to 23 to have any hope of competing in the Olympics.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, Canada's Summer McIntosh won the 400m individual medley easily in 4:4.29.
Already dominated the day before by McIntosh in the 400m freestyle, American star Katie Ledecky again finished 2nd in the 200m freestyle (1:56.29), well ahead of Hong Kong swimmer Siobhan Haughey (1:54.20).