Dres­sel takes third US ti­tle with 50 free win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Caeleb Dres­sel cap­tured his third ti­tle of the US Swim Championships by win­ning the 50-me­ter freestyle Satur­day in the fi­nal race of the World Championships qual­i­fy­ing meet.

Dres­sel, who ear­lier cap­tured the 50 and 100 but­ter­fly ti­tles, won the 50 free in 21.53 sec­onds, beat­ing Nathan Adrian by .34 of a sec­ond. He will also swim in the worlds July 14-30 at Bu­dapest in the 100 free af­ter a run­ner-up effort in that event. “It feels good,” Dres­sel said. “I just have to work on my last 25 me­ters in the next few weeks. If your fo­cus is set on one race at a time, all of your en­ergy is go­ing to go into that one race-that’s what re­ally helps me.”

Five-time Olympic cham­pion Katie Ledecky with­drew from the 1,500 freestyle Satur­day af­ter win­ning the women’s 200, 400 and 800 free ti­tles. Be­cause Ledecky is al­ready on the team, she can be named to join US cham­pion Leah Smith, who won in 16:01.02, in the event at worlds.

Since Ledecky set the world record of 15:25.48 at the 2015 worlds in Rus­sia, it would be a stun­ner if she weren’t cho­sen for the spot.

In Satur­day’s other men’s races, Clark Smith won the men’s 800 free in 7:50.43, edg­ing Zane Grothe by .54 of a sec­ond, and Chase Kal­isz won the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 1:56.51, the fastest time in the world this year.

On the women’s side, Si­mone Manuel won her fourth ca­reer na­tional ti­tle and third in the 50 freestyle in 24.27 while the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley went to Me­lanie Mar­galis in 2:09.57. — AFP

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS: Caeleb Dres­sel cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the Men’s 50 LC Me­ter Freestyle Fi­nal dur­ing the 2017 Phillips 66 Na­tional Championships & World Cham­pi­onship Tri­als at In­di­ana Univer­sity Nata­to­rium on Satur­day in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana. — AFP

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