Tokyo 2020: Team USA swim star Caeleb Dressel wins first individual Olympic gold medal

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 Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m Freestyle Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)
Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m Freestyle Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)

Team USA swim star Caeleb Dressel has won his first individual Olympic gold medal with a dominant win in the 100m freestyle.

Dressel, 24, set a new Olympic record as he led the race from start to finish ahead of Kyle Chalmers of Australia, with Kliment Kolesnikov, representing the ROC team.

“It’s been a really tough year, it’s been so hard, so to get this result makes me so happy,” he told NBC as he fought back tears.

The Floridian was the first swimmer into the water and turned in first place as his rivals tried to unsuccessfully reel him in.

But he wold not be denied his victory and fought off his rivals to touch first in 47.02, breaking the record set back in Beijing in 2008.

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