Caeleb Dressel Tosses Gold Medal To U.S. Sub Brooks Curry After Olympic Relay Victory

The American swimmers burned up the pool with the third-fastest time ever, but Dressel had something else on his to-do list.

U.S. swimming star Caeleb Dressel led off the 4x100 meter freestyle relay victory on Monday at the Tokyo Olympics. But he passed the glory forward after the team received its gold medals. (Watch the video below.)

Viral video showed Dressel throwing his medal into the stands to teammate Brooks Curry, who swam in the relay prelims the night before to help propel the Americans into the final.

“Class act from a world class athlete,” NBC wrote.

Curry’s racing allowed Dressel to rest up for what will be a grueling Olympics for the star.

“I had the easiest job last night out of everyone here,” Dressel said. “I got to watch it on TV. So I felt like he deserved that a little more than me.”

Caeleb Dressel throws his gold medal to Brooks Curry.
Caeleb Dressel throws his gold medal to Brooks Curry.
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It was all in the gesture, though. Every U.S. relay member will get the gold medal, no matter what round they swam in.

Dressel, Blake Pieroni and Bowe Becker swam first, second and third legs in the 47-second range, then Zach Apple anchored the Americans to victory with a blazing 46.69 split.