DYNAMO DRES­SEL WINS SEV­ENTH GOLD 16 SPORTS

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Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary - Caeleb Dres­sel brought the cur­tain down on the world cham­pi­onships with an his­toric sev­enth gold medal in Bu­da­pest on Sun­day, equalling the record of swim leg­end Michael Phelps.

Dres­sel swam the third leg of the men's 4x100m med­ley re­lay to leave him with seven golds to equal fel­low Amer­i­can Phelps's record from a sin­gle worlds set at the 2007 cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne.

"I'm very happy to be done, pretty tired," ad­mit­ted the Univer­sity of Florida stu­dent af­ter win­ning four golds in 48 hours. He had be­come the first swim­mer to claim three world golds in one ses­sion on Satur­day by win­ning the 50m freestyle, 100m but­ter­fly and mixed 4x100m freestyle ti­tles in a jaw­drop­ping 98 minute-spell.

"I was see­ing a star be­ing born, he's such a great guy, I thought I was wit­ness­ing the start of an awe­some ca­reer," said US back­stro­ker Matt Gre­vers af­ter wit­ness­ing Dres­sel make his­tory. Dres­sel's seven golds in­clude three in­di­vid­ual ti­tles in the 50m, 100m freestyle and 100m but­ter­fly, plus re­lay golds in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m mixed freestyle, 4x100m mixed med­ley and Sun­day's 4x100m med­ley.

His stun­ning display has earned com­par­isons with both Phelps and Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Mu­nich.

The per­for­mances have been the ic­ing on the cake for the US, who fin­ished with 38 swim­ming medals in Bu­da­pest - over five times more than near­est ri­vals

Bri­tain, who won seven.

Not to be out­done by the men, the US broke the world record in win­ning the women's 4x100m med­ley re­lay as Si­mone Manuel touched the wall at 3:51.55 min­utes to break their own record set at the 2012 Olympics.

Lilly King got the evening off to a bang with a world record in win­ning the women's 50m breast­stroke. King clocked 29.40 sec­onds, break­ing the four year old record, with Rus­sia's Yuliya Efi­mova tak­ing sil­ver at 0.17

back. The vic­tory was King's sec­ond of week over Efi­mova, who took bronze in the 100m fi­nal but had beaten the Amer­i­can over 200m on Fri­day when King fin­ished fourth.

Swedish sprint queen Sarah Sjostrom picked up her third sprint ti­tle in Bu­da­pest with vic­tory in the women's 50m freestyle fi­nal hav­ing set the world-record in the semis.

She also won the 50m and 100m but­ter­fly fi­nals and leaves Bu­da­pest with two world records af­ter she be­came the first woman to swim the 100m freestyle un­der 52 sec­onds last Sun­day.

Hun­gary's 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu was roared on by the crowd as she won the women's 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley to com­plete the IM dou­ble. This is the third straight world cham­pi­onships where Hosszu has won both the 200m and 400m IM ti­tle and she is also the worl­drecord holder in both events.

She ad­mit­ted the crowd car­ried her home at the end of a pun­ish­ing week af­ter also rac­ing in the 100m and 200m back­stroke, the 200m freestyle and 200m but­ter­fly.

France's back­stroke ace Camille La­court brought down the cur­tain on his ca­reer as the 32 year old won the men's 50m gold for the third straight cham­pi­onships be­fore re­tir­ing.

Amer­ica's Chase Kal­isz is con­tin­u­ing the legacy of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the men's 200m and 400m IM af­ter he won Sun­day's fi­nal over the longer dis­tance. Kal­isz clocked a new cham­pi­onships record time of four min­utes, 05.90 sec­onds in the 400m fi­nal to com­plete the IM dou­ble in Bu­da­pest.

I was see­ing a star be­ing born, he’s such a great guy. I thought I was wit­ness­ing the start of an awe­some ca­reer

Matt Gre­vers af­ter Dres­sel’s his­toric sev­enth gold

Caeleb Dres­sel

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