Caeleb Dressel ties Michael Phelps' record with 7th gold at world championships
Jul 31, 2017, 00:53
After taking Olympic gold in sensational fashion, Schooling the hunter has now become the hunted, following the emergence of the intriguing braces-and-tattoos figure of Dressel, as well as the previously unheralded Kristof.
The 20-year-old Ledecky won her 14th world gold, spanning three championships, with victory in the women's 800m freestyle on Saturday, but was happy for Dressel to take the limelight.
The 19-year-old University of Louisville sophomore swam the third leg on the USA gold-medal-winning 400-meter mixed-freestyle relay team, which beat the event's previous world record by more than three seconds.
Phelps had seven victories at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia - a prelude to his unprecedented eight golds the following year at the Beijing Olympics.
His historic achievements earned the University of Florida ace the award for the best male swimmer at the Budapest championships.
"It was tough. My legs were burning, I really had to dig deep and get my hands on the wall first", said Manuel, 20, who actually shared Olympic gold with Canada's Penny Oleksiak a year ago.
King won the 100m final in a new world record on Tuesday, when Efimova took bronze.
The top-ranked Sjostrom had cut a disconsolate figure after missing out on 100m freestyle gold on Friday but she returned brilliantly to win the 50m butterfly final, recording the fastest ever indoor time of 24.60 seconds and touching 0.17 seconds outside of the world record she set at an outdoor event in Sweden three years ago.
Home-crowd favourite Katinka Hosszu can win her second individual medley title of these championships in the women's 400m final. Michael Phelps' world record, set in the era of the now-banned super suits, stands at 49.82s.
Schooling had admitted after the race that Reese had warned him that this would happen if he took time off from the pool. Mixed relays, with men and women on the same team, are a new event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
United States swimmer Caeleb Dressel might not have been a household name before the swimming world championships, but he will be soon. "As physically demanding as it is, mentally it's even more straining".
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