Sporting Life

Caeleb Dressel the star swimming needs to sell

He holds the piece of coloured cloth between his teeth, ties it across his hand, knots it around his medal ribbon. It's always with him and it's part of him, a symbol of love and a reminder of strength.

To you it's just a bandana, to Caeleb Dressel - currently the world's finest swimmer - it's as powerful as a prayer. "There's no worldly possession that means more to me," he says in a March 2018 video on the University of Florida Swimming & Diving Facebook page.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Dressel the star swimming needs to sell'. Subscribe