Tokyo 2020: July 23-Aug 8

Dressel set to unleash the beast

Caeleb Dressel and Michael Phelps swim different distances and the heir apparent dislikes the comparisons, but he is poised to repeat Phelps' Olympic dominance

He has tattoos of an alligator and a bear on his left arm, while an eagle adorns his left shoulder, extending to his chest, and Caeleb Dressel is very much looking like he will be a beast at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the July 24-Aug 1 Olympic swimming programme.

All eyes will be on the American to see if he can complete a seven-gold sweep. His compatriot Mark Spitz managed the feat in 1972 but the single-Olympic record of eight gold medals was established by Michael Phelps at Beijing 2008.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2021, with the headline 'Dressel set to unleash the beast'. Subscribe