Dres­sel wins record 3 golds in 1 night

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

BU­DAPEST, Hun­gary — Caeleb Dres­sel, 20, es­tab­lished him­self as Amer­ica’s new­est star of the pool Sat­ur­day, be­com­ing the first swim­mer to win three gold medals on a sin­gle night at ei­ther the worlds or the Olympics.

The Univer­sity of Florida stu­dent has won six golds medals in Bu­dapest. That gives him a shot at mov­ing into more rar­i­fied ter­ri­tory: Michael Phelps is the only swim­mer to win seven golds at a world cham­pi­onships, which he did at Mel­bourne in 2007 as a pre­lude to his record eight golds the fol­low­ing year at the Bei­jing Olympics.

Dres­sel will be a vir­tual lock to win his sev­enth when he com­petes on the 4x100 med­ley re­lay to­day, the fi­nal event of the cham­pi­onships.

Dres­sel started the night with a fu­ri­ous dash from one end of the pool to the other, adding the 50 free world ti­tle to the 100 free he al­ready had. He came back about a half-hour later to nearly break Phelps’ world record in the 100 fly, post­ing a time of 49.86 that was just four-hun­dredths off the mark set in 2009 at the rub­ber suit-aided cham­pi­onships in Rome.

The fi­nal re­lay was merely a coro­na­tion, the Amer­i­cans romp­ing to gold in 3 min­utes, 19.60 sec­onds — eclips­ing by nearly 3 1/2 sec­onds the mark they set two years ago at worlds.

Dres­sel led off the mixed free re­lay with a blis­ter­ing time of 47.22 for the first 100 — even more re­mark­able given what he’d al­ready been through — and his three team­mates — Nathan Adrian, Mal­lory Comer­ford and Si­mone Manuel — took it from there.

He even man­aged to over­shadow Katie Ledecky, who won her fifth gold medal of the meet by cruis­ing to vic­tory in the 800 free. Yet Bu­dapest will be re­mem­bered as bit of a dis­ap­point­ment for the star of the 2016 Sum­mer Games, who set­tled for sil­ver in the 200 free and didn’t come close to break­ing any of her per­sonal bests.

Ledecky won in 8:12.68, which was nearly 8 sec­onds off her world record at Rio de Janeiro.

Swe­den’s Sarah Sjostrom was an­other stand­out, bounc­ing back from a dis­ap­point­ing loss the pre­vi­ous night to win gold in the 50 fly and set a world record in the semi­fi­nals of 50 free. Her time of 23.67 broke the mark of 23.73, set in 2009 by Britta St­ef­fen.

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