Swimmer Caeleb Dressel on Beating Michael Phelps’ Record — and Behind-the-Scenes at the Olympics

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Even though he just broke the world record set by the most decorated Olympic athlete, Michael Phelps, 22-year-old American swimmer Caeleb Dressel says he still has room for improvement.

Dressel dominated the 100-meter butterfly at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 26, touching in during a semifinal heat at 49.50 seconds, shattering Phelps’ record of 49.82 seconds which he set 2009.

“It was pretty special,” the Florida native tells PEOPLE in a new interview. “I know it was just a semifinal swim, but to have my name put down for a little point in time through the history of the sport of swimming, to have that one moment where you’re the greatest or the best … it was special for me to be able to share that with my mom and dad up in the stands, [I’ve] never done that before.”

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