At an Olympics where some of America’s biggest stars have faltered, swimmer Caeleb Dressel lived up to the hype.

Dressel claimed the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career with two furious laps of the pool Thursday morning, winning the 100-meter freestyle over defending champion Kyle Chalmers.

As is his style, Dressel dove into the pool and came up with the lead. He was still ahead at the lone flip and turned away the Aussie’s bid for a second straight gold.

“It means a lot,” Dressel said. “I knew that weight was on my shoulders.”

Dressel’s winning time was an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds, a mere six-hundredths of a second ahead of Chalmers, who earned a silver medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.