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Dressel snatches record 8th medal

This time, Caeleb Dressel stands alone.

The American won his record eighth medal at the world swimming championships yesterday, helping the United States to silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay after anchor Nathan Adrian got overtaken for gold in the closing meters.

“Part of me is very happy,” Dressel said. “Part of me wants to cry that I’m done with it. I’ve got pimples on my face from just the stress of the meet. I’m probably losing some hair.”

One night after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a worlds for the second time, Dressel’s haul included six golds at the biggest meet after the Olympics.

“It was a very tough week,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to come with fire, passion and pride in every single race.”

Two years ago in Hungary, Dressel tied Michael Phelps’ record of seven golds at a single worlds, including three in one night.

Dressel hauled the US from fourth to first on his butterfly leg with a split of 49.28 seconds. Adrian found himself in a three-way fight with Britain and Russia coming down the stretch.

Brit Duncan Scott surged ahead approaching the wall and got there first with a split of 46.14 to Adrian’s 47.60.

Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Scott took gold for Britain in 3:28.10.

Ryan Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Dressel and Adrian finished in 3:28.45. It was just the second silver, and first since 1998, in an event the US has won 13 times.

Russia earned bronze.

Dressel’s golds came in 50m and 100m free, 50m and 100m butterfly, mixed 4x100m free relay and 4x100m free relay. His other silver was in the mixed 4x100m medley relay. He was named the FINA male swimmer of the meet.

The US team finished atop the medals table with 27, including a leading 14 golds. Australia was second with 19 and five golds.

Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the 50m and 100m freestyles, the first American woman to achieve the feat. She won four golds and six medals overall at the eight-day competition in Gwangju, South Korea.

She came back later to anchor the US to an easy victory in the 4x100m medley relay. Regan Smith, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia and Manuel won in 3:50.40, lowering the mark of 3:51.55 set two years ago in Hungary.

Manuel outdid Australia’s Cate Campbell on the final leg, with the Americans winning by 3.02 seconds.

Smith set a world record of 57.57 on her opening 100m backstroke leg. She won the 200m back in world-record time, too, but didn’t qualify in the individual 100m back. “That really pumped us all up,” Manuel said.

The Aussies settled for silver and Canada took bronze.

In the 50m free, Manuel raced one length of the pool in 24.05.

She held off Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who took silver in 24.07, and Campbell, who earned bronze in 24.11. In the 100m free, Manuel topped Campbell and Sjostrom finished third.

Manuel’s other medals came in relays: gold in the 4x100m medley and mixed 4x100m free, and silvers in the 4x100m free and 4x200m free.

Sjostrom made a mark of her own. She became the first woman to win five medals in individual events at a single worlds. She won the 50m butterfly, silvers in the 100m fly and 50m free, and bronzes in the 100m free and 200m free, and earned FINA female swimmer of the meet.

Lilly King won the 50m breaststroke, giving the American two victories over Russian rival Yuliya Efimova.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary extended her domination of the 400m individual medley, becoming the first woman to win five titles in one event. She swam the four-stroke race in 4:30.39.

Ye Shiwen of China took silver, just as she did behind Hosszu in the 200 IM.


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