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    Dressel, Ledecky lead US swim team headed to Tokyo

    OMAHA, NEBRASKA (AP) — With Michael Phelps five years into retirement, the stage is set in Tokyo for Caeleb Dressel. Katie Ledecky is ready to extend her dominance, competing in four individual events plus relays at the pandemic-delayed Olympics.

    They lead a powerful United States (US) swimming team that is expected to top the medals standings once again. No world records were set at the eight-day trials that ended yesterday, but the Americans figure to flash their speed with gold on the line.

    Dressel made the team in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 100 butterfly. He could swim in at least three relays in Tokyo, including the new mixed 4×100 medley featuring men and women.

    He closed his trials by tying his American record of 21.04 seconds in the 50 free, fastest in the world this year. “There is plenty we can do to get better and move forward from this,” he said.

    “This was a really fun meet. I got better with each event. I’m ready to get back in the water with a plan.”

    Ledecky will swim the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyles in Tokyo. She’ll be the favourite to defend her 800 title and win the longest race for women.

    Caeleb Dressel stays afloat after competing in the men’s 50m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials. PHOTO: AFP
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