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Caleb Dressel equals Michael Phelps’ record at FINA World Championships

Caleb Dressel has matched US swimming legend Michael Phelps’ record of seven gold medals from a single worlds set, after winning in the men’s 4 X 100m medley at the ongoing FINA World Championships

other sports Updated: Jul 30, 2017 23:37 IST
AFP, Budapest
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Caleb Dressel has won his seventh gold medal at the ongoing FINA World Championships.(AP)

Caeleb Dressel won an historic seventh gold medal in Budapest on Sunday as the USA claimed the men’s 4x100m medley relay title at the world championships.

After Dressel swam the third leg, Nathan Adrian touched the wall first for the USA at three minutes, 27.91 seconds with Great Britain taking silver at 1.04 while Russia earned bronze at 1.45.

The 20-year-old Dressel has now matched US swim legend Michael Phelps’ record of seven gold medals from a single worlds set at the 2007 championships in Melbourne.

Sjostrom’s third sprint title

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the women’s 50m freestyle gold at the world championships on Sunday for her third sprint title in Budapest.

Sjostrom clocked 23.69 with Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands silver at 0.16 back and Simone Manuel of the United States earning bronze at 0.28 to set a new Americas record of 23.97.

Sjostrom was just 0.02 secs off her own world record which she set on Saturday night in qualifying for the final as she produced another storming display.

The Swedish sprinter now has three individual golds in Budapest after her wins in the 50m and 100m butterfly finals.

However, she had to settle for a disappointing silver in the 100m freestyle on Friday when she lost by just 0.04 to Manuel.

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“I didn’t think my first freestyle gold would be in the 50m, but there you go,” she said, referring to Friday’s defeat on the wall.

“I’ve been chasing the freestyle, so it’s good that I won this. That was not a perfect race, so I was surprised when I saw the time.

“It was a very fast first 25, although the finish was very bad, but finals are all about winning the gold.

“It would be nice to see how fast I can swim in this distance when I get even stronger,” she said with one eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Sjostrom will leave Budapest with two world records after she became the first woman to swim the 100m freestyle under 52 seconds last Sunday.

Golden King breaks women’s 50m breaststroke world record

Lilly King of the United States claimed her second world record this week in winning the women’s 50m breaststroke gold.

King clocked 29.40 seconds, breaking Ruta Meilutyte’s four-year-old record of 29.48, with Russia’s Yuliya Efimova taking silver at 0.17 back and America’s Katie Meili earning bronze at 0.59.

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This was the second world record the 20-year-old King has broken in Budapest after also lowering Meilutyte’s time for the 100m breaststroke in winning Tuesday’s final.

The victory was King’s second this week over rival Efimova, who took bronze in the 100m final but had beaten the American over 200m with a commanding display on Friday when King finished fourth.

The American sparked a war of words at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic games when she branded the Russian a drugs cheat after Efimova’s 16-month ban for doping which ended in February 2015.

Meili paid tribute to her American team-mate.

“I’m satisfied, that’s my first time under 30 seconds,” said the 26-year-old, who also took breaststroke silver over 100m.

“I think Lily always has a world record in her, she’s been incredible this week, really fast, we’re very proud of her.”

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Lacourt shines

Camille Lacourt of France won the men’s 50m backstroke gold. Lacourt clocked 24.35 seconds with Junya Koga of Japan taking silver at 0.16 back and Matt Grevers of the USA earning bronze at 0.21.

Chase wins

Chase Kalisz of the United States won the men’s 400m individual medley gold to complete the IM double here. Kalisz, won also won the 200m IM title on Thursday, clocked a new championships record time of four minutes, 05.90 seconds with Hungary’s David Verraszto taking silver at 2.48 back and Daiya Seto of Japan earning bronze at 3.24.

“It’s a huge step for me,” said the 23-year-old Kalisz, the first American to win the title since Ryan Lochte in 2011.

“This is what I came here for, I am really excited about this race.”

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 23:18 IST