Dres­sel claims golden tre­ble at World Cham­pi­onships

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Caeleb Dres­sel cap­tured three gold medals in­side 90 sen­sa­tional min­utes, tak­ing his per­sonal haul at the world swim­ming cham­pi­onships to six

Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary - Caeleb Dres­sel cap­tured three gold medals in­side 90 sen­sa­tional min­utes on Satur­day, tak­ing his per­sonal haul at the world swim­ming cham­pi­onships to six with a sev­enth on the cards on Sun­day.

Dres­sel capped his stun­ning display by help­ing the US to a world record in the mixed 4x100m freestyle re­lay hav­ing kicked off his his­toric night by win­ning the men's 50m freestyle and 100m but­ter­fly gold in the space of half an hour.

He com­pleted the hat-trick by swim­ming the open­ing leg of the re­lay be­fore Si­mone Manuel touched the wall at three min­utes, 19.60 sec­onds to seal Amer­ica's win.

It's thought to be the first time a US swim­mer has won three golds medals in one day at a world cham­pi­onships.

"I haven't had much time to think tonight," said the 20 year old.

"It's back-to-back events, it's phys­i­cally de­mand­ing and men­tally it's even more strain­ing."

The re­lay time shaved more than three sec­onds off the pre­vi­ous record the US team set two years ago in Kazan. The Nether­lands took sil­ver at 2.21 secs back while Canada claimed bronze at 3.95.

The cham­pi­onships close on Sun­day night with the US well ahead in the medal ta­ble with 14 gold, 10 sil­ver and seven bronze in the swim­ming events.

Dres­sel has now won six golds in Bu­da­pest. He has three in­di­vid­u­als ti­tles, in­clud­ing the 100m freestyle, plus vic­to­ries for the US in the men's 4x100m freestyle, mixed 4x100m med­ley and mixed 4x100m freestyle re­lays. He could win a sev­enth gold in the men's 4x100m med­ley re­lay on the con­clud­ing day.

Ledecky’s 14th worlds gold

His haul over­shad­ows even com­pa­triot and freestyle queen Katie Ledecky, who leaves Bu­da­pest with five golds and a sil­ver.

The 20 year old Ledecky won her 14th world gold, span­ning three cham­pi­onships, with vic­tory in the women's 800m freestyle on Satur­day, but was happy for Dres­sel to take the lime­light.

"He's in­cred­i­ble, he's just a great ath­lete," said Ledecky. "The way he goes about his rac­ing, it's re­ally im­pres­sive. He's re­ally fired up Team USA with his per­for­mances in the wa­ter this week."

Dres­sel's re­lay team-mates paid trib­ute to his jaw-drop­ping per­for­mances.

"It's un­be­liev­able man," said Nathan Adrian, who swam Amer­ica's sec­ond leg on Satur­day.

"It's un­heard of un­til now - ev­ery­thing is im­pos­si­ble un­til some­one does it."

In Dres­sel's shadow, Swe­den's Sarah Sjostrom won the women's 50m but­ter­fly to com­plete the sprint dou­ble af­ter her 100m ear­lier in the week.

It made up for some of the dis­ap­point­ment of miss­ing gold in the women's 100m freestyle fi­nal on Fri­day by 0.04.

Sjostrom also set a new world record in the semi­fi­nals of the 50m freestyle with a time of 23.67sec bet­ter­ing the old mark of 23.73sec set by Ger­many's Britta St­ef­fen in 2009.

The 23 year old now holds world records in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m but­ter­fly and 100m but­ter­fly.

There were tears of joy in the women's 200m back­stroke fi­nal as Emily See­bohm of Aus­tralia broke down af­ter re­tain­ing her ti­tle.

A pow­er­ful burst in the fi­nal 50m saw See­bohm beat lo­cal favourite Katinka Hosszu, who took sil­ver.


Caeleb Dres­sel of the US on way to his gold in the men's 100m but­ter­fly at the 2017 FINA World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary on Satur­day

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