Print Edition - 2017-07-31 | Sports
Dressel strikes three gold in a day
- world swimming championships
Jul 31, 2017-Caeleb Dressel captured three gold medals inside 90 sensational minutes on Saturday, taking his personal haul at the World Swimming Championships to six.
Dressel capped his stunning display by helping the United States to a world record in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay having kicked off his historic night by winning the men’s 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly gold medals in the space of half an hour. He completed the hat-trick by swimming the opening leg of the relay before Simone Manuel touched the wall at three minutes, 19.60 seconds to seal America’s win.
It’s thought to be the first time a USA swimmer has won three gold medals in one day at a World Championships. The relay time shaved more than three seconds off the previous record the US team set two years ago in Kazan. The Netherlands took silver at 2.21 secs back while Canada claimed bronze at 3.95.
Dressel has now won six gold medals in Budapest. He has three individuals titles, including the 100m freestyle, plus victories for the USA in the men’s 4x100m freestyle, mixed 4x100m medley and mixed 4x100m freestyle relays.
His haul overshadows even compatriot and freestyle queen Katie Ledecky, who leaves Budapest with five gold medals and a silver. The 20-year-old Ledecky won her 14th gold, spanning three championships, with wins in the women’s 800m freestyle on Saturday, but was happy for Dressel to take the limelight.
In Dressel’s shadow, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the women’s 50m butterfly to complete the sprint double after her 100m earlier in the week. It made up for some of the disappointment of missing gold in the 100m freestyle by 0.04. Sjostrom also set a new world record in the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle with a time of 23.67sec bettering the old mark of 23.73sec set by Germany’s Britta Steffen in 2009. The 23-year-old now holds world records in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.
There were tears of joy in the women’s 200m backstroke final as Emily Seebohm of Australia broke down after retaining her title. She beat Katinka Hosszu in the final.
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 17 12 10 39
2 China 12 12 6 30
3 Russia 11 4 7 22
4 Britain 5 2 3 10
5 France 5 1 2 8
6 Australia 3 5 2 10
7 Italy 3 3 9 15
8 Brazil 2 4 2 8
9 Sweden 2 1 0 3
10 Hungary 1 4 2 7
Published: 31-07-2017 07:42