Caeleb Dressel wins 3 gold medals in 1 night

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Dressel shines again in 'crazy' heats
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30 July, 2017

Yet it was downright Phelps-like the way he pulled off a remarkable night of swimming at Duna Arena. Not to mention, he had to find time to warm down and get to three medal ceremonies.

"I can't tell you where I'll be going on the relay, but I got 100 left".

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 29: (L-R) Silver medalist Kristof Milak of Hungary, gold medalist Caeleb Remel Dressel of the United States and bronze medalists James Guy of Great Britain and Joseph Schooling of Singapore pose with the medals won during the Men's 100m Butterfly final on day sixteen of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 29, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Should the 20-year-old favourite defend her title, it will give her a fifth gold in Budapest.

The championships close on Sunday with the U.S. well ahead in the medal table with 14 golds, 10 silvers and seven bronzes in the swimming events.

Again, those comparisons to Phelps. "It's tough being at school and doing all this", he said.

"I know I can take a lot away from this week and have learned a lot".

"I always think I have a shot - that's what makes me the swimmer I am".

He started with a victory in the 50-metre freestyle, came back about a half-hour later to almost break Michael Phelps' world record in the 100 butterfly, and closed the night by leading off a world-record performance in the mixed 4x100 free relay.

"This kid is on fire!"

Dressel now has six gold medals in the championships, putting him in position to tie Phelps' record of seven golds at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia.

But the day belonged to Dressel, who now holds the undisputed title as the world's top sprinter.

The Ponte Vedra Beach resident took second place in the men's 200-meter backstroke and Caeleb Dressel continued his charge toward history Friday at the world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Sjostrom's time bettered the previous best mark she set two years ago in Kazan by 0.36.

"Man, that was a lot of fun", Dressel said.

"Katie Ledecky won her 14th world championship gold medal on Saturday with victory in the women's 800m freestyle final".

Ledecky won in eight minutes, 12.68 seconds, which was almost eight seconds off her world record at last summer's Rio Games.

"I've never walked away from a season completely satisfied, even past year", she said. "I've been really strong at the beginning of the races, so I knew it could be good I was looking forward to it". "If that was my bad year for the next four years, then the next couple years are going to be pretty exciting".

Dressel led wire-to-wire in a time of 49.86, the second-fastest 100 fly ever and just four-hundredths of a second off Phelps' world record from 2009.

"It was definitely an wonderful couple of days", Iffland said. "It's really impressive, really cool to see".

Dressel's relay team-mates paid tribute to his jaw-dropping performances. "But I had mixed relays helping me out, so it's a bit different".

Dressel led off Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel on a United States team that swam 3:19.60 to shatter the world record ahead of the Netherlands and Canada.

Despite standing on the verge of matching two of USA swimmings legends, Dressel said he feels no pressure before Sunday's relay. "It was such a blast".

"I expected a good time and I got it".

"It's back-to-back events, it's physically demanding and mentally it's even more straining". So I have 24 hours until my next swim.

"I'm feeling like the silver surfer - I'm feel amusing, it's been the best week of my life, the best to races of my life", said the 28-year-old.


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