Dressel spoils Phelp’s party
1 August, 2017, 12:00 am
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Caeleb Dressel of the United States heralded a new era in world swimming on Sunday (Fiji time).
This is when he equalled the great Michael Phelps’s feat of seven golds at a single world championships as the 17th edition closed on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Dressel underlined his credentials as the world’s fastest starter in breathtaking fashion at the Duna Arena when he broke away on the butterfly leg to give the U. S gold in the men’s 4×100 metres medley relay.
Dressel had already won three individual golds and three relay titles in Budapest and Sunday’s addition allowed him to match his compatriot Phelps’s tally from the 2007 championships in Melbourne.
He also helped the U..S to record their best-ever world championship haul, with 38 medals.
However the enormity of the FloridTeam mate Lilly King had kickstarted the evening in blistering style with a world-record time of 29.40 seconds in the women’s 50m breaststroke.
King beat Russian Yuilya Efimova to the wall by 0.17 seconds, with another American, Katie Meili taking the bronze medal.