Dres­sel ties Phelps’ record with 7th gold

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Paul New­berry

Caeleb Dres­sel joined Michael Phelps in another elite club with seven golds at the world cham­pi­onships, the sec­ond-big­gest meet af­ter the Olympics.

BU­DAPEST, HUN­GARY » Michael Phelps, you’ve got com­pany.

Caeleb Dres­sel won his sev­enth gold medal of the world cham­pi­onships Sun­day, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dom­i­nat­ing swim in the 4x100-me­ter med­ley re­lay.

Twenty-four hours af­ter be­com­ing the first swim­mer to win three golds in one night at a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional meet, Dres­sel joined Phelps in another elite club: seven golds at the sec­ond-big­gest meet af­ter the Olympics.

Phelps was the first to do it at the 2007 worlds in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia — a pre­lude to his un­prece­dented eight golds the fol­low­ing year at the Bei­jing Olympics.

Dres­sel matched the feat along the banks of the Danube, emerg­ing as Amer­ica’s next swim­ming sen­sa­tion.

“We’re see­ing a star be­ing born,” team­mate Matt Gre­vers said.

The 20-year-old Uni­ver­sity of Florida stu­dent won three in­di­vid­ual golds and was part of four win­ning re­lay teams.

“I’m pretty tired, but, you know, it’s been a good sea­son, a good year, and to put to­gether a seven-day meet, it’s a re­ally nice feel­ing,” Dres­sel said. “There’s a lot more that goes into this than just the seven days that peo­ple see, so I’m very happy to be done.”

It was a big night all around for the Amer­i­cans.

Lilly King set her sec­ond in­di­vid­ual world record of the meet in the 50 breast­stroke, again best­ing Rus­sian ri­val Yu­lia Efi­mova, and re­turned as part of the women’s 4x100 med­ley re­lay that also broke the world record.

“I couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter fin­ish to this meet,” King said.

Chase Kal­isz swept the men’s in­di­vid­ual med­leys to carry on Amer­ica’s dom­i­nance in those races, even af­ter Phelps’ re­tire­ment and Ryan Lochte miss­ing out on Bu­dapest be­cause of his shenani­gans at the Rio Olympics.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be on the level of those guys,” said Kal­isz, who romped to vic­tory in the 400 IM on the heels of his vic­tory in the 200. “But for me to be able to con­tinue our prior tra­di­tion of IM, that was one thing when I grew up that I knew that was our thing.”

The U.S. fin­ished with 18 golds and 38 medals over­all — a huge im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous worlds two years ago in Kazan, where the Amer­i­cans man­aged just eight golds and 23 medals.

The home crowd had no com­plaints, ei­ther.

Katinka Hosszu, the “Iron Lady,” fin­ished off her third straight 200-400 IM sweep at the cham­pi­onships, to go along with a pair of golds from Brazil last sum­mer.

“Ria! Ria! Hun­garia!” the packed house at Duna Arena chanted, as Hosszu cel­e­brated on deck wrapped in her coun­try’s red, white and green flag.

But this meet will be re­mem­bered as Dres­sel’s com­ing-out party.


Caeleb Remel Dres­sel, who won 7 gold medals, shows off the award for best male ath­lete dur­ing the world cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary.

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