Dres­sel gets sev­enth gold to equal Phelps’s record

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BU­DA­PEST: Caeleb Dres­sel of the US her­alded a new era in world swim­ming when he equalled the great Michael Phelps’s feat of seven golds at a sin­gle world cham­pi­onships as the 17th edi­tion closed yes­ter­day.

Dres­sel, 20, un­der­lined his cre­den­tials as the world’s fastest starter in breath­tak­ing fash­ion at the Duna Arena when he broke away on the but­ter­fly leg to give the US gold in the men’s 4x100 me­tres med­ley re­lay. He had al­ready won three in­di­vid­ual golds and three re­lay ti­tles in Bu­da­pest and yes­ter­day’s ad­di­tion al­lowed him to match his com­pa­triot Phelps’s tally from the 2007 cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne.

He also helped the US to record their best-ever world cham­pi­onship haul, with 38 medals.

How­ever, the scale of the Florida stu­dent’s achieve­ments had yet to fully sink in.

“I’ve never had it hap­pen, so I don’t re­ally know what to say,” he said. “I’m go­ing to take a lit­tle break in Europe, go to Poland and Scot­land, and en­joy my­self. It was the most fun I’ve had in eight days. It was an ab­so­lute blast get­ting to do what I love.”

Team­mate Lilly King had kick­started the evening in blis­ter­ing style with a world-record time of 29.40 sec­onds in the women’s 50m breast­stroke.

King beat Rus­sian Yuilya Efi­mova to the wall by 0.17 sec­onds, with an­other Amer­i­can, Katie Meili tak­ing bronze.

The at­mos­phere rose when Hun­gary’s Katinka Hosszu glided to gold in the women’s 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, adding to her 200m med­ley ti­tle. The 12 000-strong crowd roared Hosszu on to a record time of four min­utes 29.33. Mireia Bel­monte of Spain won sil­ver, with Cana­dian Syd­ney Pick­rem claim­ing bronze.

Chase Kal­isz’s breast­stroke leg in the men’s 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley also saw him land an in­di­vid­ual med­ley dou­ble. The Amer­i­can set a cham­pi­onship record of four min­utes 5.90 sec­onds to be­come the third-fastest per­former be­hind Phelps and Ryan Lochte. David Ver­raszto of Hun­gary won sil­ver, with Ja­pan’s Daiya Seto se­cur­ing bronze.

Swede Sarah Sjostrom, 23, won her third in­di­vid­ual gold in the women’s 50m freestyle to wrap up a mem­o­rable cham­pi­onships which also in­cluded two world records. She held off Ranomi Kro­mowid­jojo of the Nether­lands in 23.69 sec­onds. Si­mone Manuel of the US won bronze.

Sjostrom said: “It was a re­ally good first 25m but the fin­ish was re­ally bad. But it doesn’t mat­ter what time it is, the only thing that mat­tered was that gold.”

Camille La­court of France blazed his way to a hat-trick of men’s 50m back­stroke world golds. La­court, 32, bowed out of the sport in style as his 24.35 sec­onds saw off Ja­pan’s Junya Koga and Matt Gre­vers of the US into the mi­nor medals.

King and Manuel then helped the US to set a world record on the way to women’s 4x100m med­ley re­lay gold.

That paved the way for the US re­lay men’s golden fi­nale, with Bri­tain fin­ish­ing in sil­ver 1.04 sec­onds be­hind.

In their dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance at the cham­pi­onships, the US claimed six of the 11 world records set in Bu­da­pest. Katie Ledecky, who did not swim yes­ter­day, fin­ished as the lead­ing fe­male swim­mer with her five gold medals and one sil­ver. Manuel col­lected five golds and a bronze. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

MEDAL MAN: Amer­i­can Caeleb Remel Dres­sel cel­e­brates win­ning gold in the men’s 100 me­tre but­ter­fly fi­nal at the World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­da­pest.

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