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Florida's Dressel and Finke earn three gold medals

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Swimming Diving

Caeleb Dressel gets the night started by setting an Olympic Record in the 50 Free with a time of 21.07.

In the 4x100 Medley Relay final, Dressel goes 49.03 to help Team USA to Olympic gold in a world record time (3:26.78) for his fifth gold of the 2020 Games. Dressel's 100 Fly split is the fastest 100 Fly split in history.

Bobby Finke goes 14:39.65 to win gold in the 1500 Free. Finke is the first American to win this event since 1984. Finke was in the top three throughout the entire race but in the last 50 meters, he went a blistering 25.78 to set himself apart from the field to win by 1.01 seconds.

More notes about Dressel's 2020 Olympics:

  • Third U.S. male to win at least three individual golds in a single Olympics, joining Mark Spitz (1972) and Michael Phelps (2008).
  • Fifth U.S. male to win at least five golds in a single Olympics, joining swimmers Mark Spitz (1972), Matt Biondi, Michael Phelps (2004, 2008, 2016) and speed skater Eric Heiden (1980).

The most individual event golds won by a Gator in a single Olympics is three: Caeleb Dressel: 2020 - 100 free, 100 fly, and the 50 free

The most golds won by a Gator in a single Olympics is five:

Caeleb Dressel (2020: 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 4 x 100 FR, 4x100 MR)

Second Gator to win two Olympic golds in a single day:

  • Caeleb Dressel - 50 free (9:30 p.m.), 4x100 medley relay (10:36 p.m.)
  • Tracy Caulkins: Aug. 3, 1984 - 200 IM (8 p.m.), 4x100 medley relay (8:50 p.m.)

Third Gator with five medals in a single Olympics Games:

Caeleb Dressel (2020: 50 free-gold, 100 free-gold, 100 fly-gold, 4 x 100 free relay-gold, 4x100 medley relay-gold)

Ryan Lochte (2012: 400 IM-gold, 200 IM-silver, 200 backstroke-bronze, 4x200 free relay-gold, 4x100 free relay-silver)

Dara Torres (2000: 50 free-bronze, 100 free-bronze, 100 fly-bronze, 4x100 free relay-gold, 4x100 medley relay-gold)

Men's and Women's Track and Field

Gators Great Taylor Manson (USA) became an Olympic medalist Saturday, following Team USA's 4x400-meters relays mixed team third-place finish inside Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Although Manson did not compete in the finals, she earned a bronze medal after helping the squad qualify to the finals during the first day of competition. Meanwhile on the distance side, Genevieve LaCaze Gregson (Australia) advanced to the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. The Australian record holder finished 15th with a qualifying time of 9:26.11 to secure a spot on the final race, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET and can be streamed live here.

Representing France, jumper Yanis David finished 23rd in the women's long jump. The two-time NCAA champion and four-time SEC champion finished the day with a mark of 6.27 meters (20 feet, 7 inches) [-0.4].

On the men's side of the jumps, two-time Olympian Marquis Dendy (USA) got things going for the group of Gators in Japan Saturday morning with the long jump. The 2015 The Bowerman Winner posted a mark of 7.86 meters (25 feet, 9.25 inches) [+0.4m], placing 10th in Group B and 19th overall.

Gators Great Cory McGee will make her Olympic debut Sunday in the 1,500 meters. The race is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. ET and can be streamed live here.


Mark Kolozsvary and Team USA improved to 2-0 in Group B-play on Saturday morning with a 4-2 win over Korea. Team USA secured a spot in the medal round with the victory.

For the second-straight game, Kolozsvary received the start behind the plate and batted seventh in the lineup. He caught all nine innings, with Team USA pitchers allowing just five hits and registering 13 strikeouts under his watch.

With the win, Team USA concludes group play with a perfect 2-0 record and earns a bye in the opening round of the knockout stage. The Stars and Stripes will play Group A-winner Japan on Monday, Aug. 2 at 6 a.m. ET to begin the double-elimination knockout round.