Sport Olympics-Swimming-I'll catch Dressel, warns Hungarian Milak

11:35  31 july  2021
11:35  31 july  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Hungarian Kristof Milak has warned American Caeleb Dressel that he will catch him in the 100m butterfly and dominate the event in both distances.

Milak, the 200m winner in Tokyo, came in just 0.23 seconds behind Dressel to claim the Olympic silver medal, as the American broke his own world record.

"Many people have told me I can't catch Dressel, it is impossible they said, but now in this race I see there's a possibility," Milak told reporters.

"Now I can set myself a realistic target to win the race either in the worlds or the next Olympics," he said.

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American Caeleb Dressel has won his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a world record in the 100-meter butterfly. Dressel led right from the start and held off Hungary ’s Kristof Milak to win in 49.45 seconds, breaking the mark of 49.50 that he set two years ago at the Milak , winner of the 200-meter butterfly, earned the silver with a blistering 49.68. The bronze went to Switzerland’s Noe Ponti. Dressel ’s victory came in the first of three races on his morning schedule. He’ ll also compete in the semifinals of the 50 freestyle before returning to the deck one more time to anchor the 4×100 mixed

Going into the race, Dressel held seven of the 10 fastest times in the history of the event, but was pushed all the way by the 21-year-old Hungarian.

"That was the maximum I could give. I am happy that Caeleb needed a world record to beat me," said Milak.

Dressel did not argue with his rival's assessment and there is clearly a healthy respect between the two.

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"It was extremely close. Kristof swam a wonderful race and it took a world record to win the Olympic final. And I don't think it happens that often in the Olympics. To have two of the fastest times in history, it's amazing," he said.

"To do that with them right next to me in lane 5 that's really special. I think it was really fun to watch and I have a lot of respect for Kristof," he said.

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Earlier, Dressel claimed his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a world record-breaking swim to win the men's 100m butterfly. The 24-year-old touched home in 49.45 seconds - although was pushed late on by Kristof Milak of Hungary , who finished just 0.23secs behind. Noe Ponti of Switzerland took the bronze. USA's Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle gold for the third successive Olympics with a dominant swim . She finished in a time of 8:12.57 as she got the better of Ariarne Titmus, who claimed silver, with Simona Quadarella taking bronze. Australian Titmus beat Ledecky

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The Hungarian said he used the extra year after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic to add weight and build up his muscles, giving him a better chance to take on the imposing Dressel.

"I remember at the Budapest World Championships (in 2017) his wave just blew me away," Milak said.

"I am stronger and heavier than I was four years ago, so I could keep up with him," the 21-year old said. "For me this last year has been a benefit because I became more athletic and stronger."

Milak's attempt to set a new world record in his 200 fly win was hampered by a loss of focus after he ripped his trunks before the race and had to make a hasty switch in the locker-room.

If he looked less than delighted by his gold medal, he was surprisingly upbeat after finishing second, clearly encouraged by his progress in hunting down Dressel.

The American, who has won three golds in Tokyo, certainly is taking the threat seriously.

"He's going to put me out of the job one day, so I'll hold on as long as I can," Dressel said.

(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Additional reporting by Simon Evans and Martin Petty, editing by Ed Osmond)

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