How Many Gold Medals Will Caeleb Dressel Win at the 2022 World Championships?

Caeleb Dressel concerned me a little on the run-up to U.S. International Team Trials in Greensboro.  I know the season was short, but he wasn’t swimming that fast. Still, I predicted solid swims, assuming the 7-time Olympic gold medalist knew what he was doing.

My predictions ahead of U.S Trials:

100 fly Prediction – 50.2 – (Dressel final results 50.20)
50 free Prediction – 21.3 – (Dressel final results 21.29)
100 free Prediction – 47.62 – (Dressel final results 47.79)
200 free Prediction – 1:45.8 – (Dressel final results –  0, push, a no-show, breaking my heart!)
*50 fly? I didn’t make a prediction, but most commenters said 22.6-8.  (Dressel final results 22.84.)

At Trials I sat with the Dressel family for a few sessions. They’re fun. Mom cheers like it’s a football game.  While I was a little nervous for Caeleb, they were completely chill. It seems they knew he would deliver in Greensboro. That experience makes me a little more bullish about World Champs.

See my Caeleb Dressel 2022 World Championship Predictions:

50 free – 21.09 – gold
100 free – 47.11 – gold
100 fly – 49.44 – for a new world record and the gold
50 fly – 22.3  – gold


4×100 free – gold
4×100 medley – gold
4×100 mixed medley – gold (for some redemption)
4×100 mixed free – silver
4×200 free? Nope. I’ve lost all hope for Dressel swimming this.

So, I’m saying 7 gold medals.  But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think. Drop your comments below.

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