Dressel empata récord de Phelps con 7mo oro en Mundial
Dressel toasts seven world swimming golds


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Michael Phelps tiene ya compañía. Caeleb Dressel conquistó el pasado domingo 30 de julio su séptima medalla de oro en el Mundial de Natación, al encargarse del estilo de mariposa para dar la ventaja definitiva a Estados Unidos en el relevo combinado 4×100.

Una noche después de convertirse en el primer nadador con tres preseas doradas en una sola noche durante un encuentro internacional de relevancia, Dressel se unió a su compatriota Phelps en otro club de elite, con siete medallas de oro en un Mundial.

Phelps consiguió siete oros en la edición de 2007 en Melbourne, un año antes de imponer un récord con ocho preseas doradas en los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing.

Dressel igualó la proeza y dio más validez a los argumentos de quienes lo consideran el próximo as­tro estadounidense de la natación.

El joven de 20 años, estudiante de la Universidad de Florida, ganó tres oros individuales y fue parte de cuatro equipos ganadores en los relevos.


Caeleb Dressel won a historic seventh gold medal in Budapest on Sunday as the USA claimed the men’s 4x100m medley relay title at the world championships — before admitting his maths test worries.

After Dressel swam the third leg, Nathan Adrian touched the wall first for the USA at three minutes, 27.91 seconds with Britain taking silver at 1.04, while Russia earned bronze at 1.45.

The 20-year-old Dressel has now matched US swimming legend Michael Phelps’ record of seven gold medals from a single worlds set at the 2007 championships in Melbourne.

“I don’t know, I’ve never had it happen so I don’t really know what to say,” said Dressel when asked how it felt to be level with Phelps.

“I’m just happy to be done.

“I’m going to take a little break, see some of my teammates in Europe, Poland, Scotland.

“The atmosphere here has been an absolute blast, I just want to enjoy myself now.”

Dressel’s seven golds included three individual titles in the 50m, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, plus relay golds in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m mixed freestyle, 4x100m mixed medley and Sunday’s 4x100m medley.

He became the first swimmer to claim three world golds in one session on Saturday by winning the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4x100m freestyle titles in a jaw-dropping 98-minute spell.

Dressel’s stunning display has earned comparisons with both Phelps and Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

His performances have been the icing on the cake for the USA, who finished with 38 swimming medals in Budapest — over five times more than nearest rivals Britain, who managed seven.

Dressel said he was tired after a draining 48 hours.

“I’m very happy to be done, pretty tired,” he said.

“Its been a good season, a good year, there are a lot more that goes into this than what people see in seven days.

“It’s great, I guess it was all going into here.

“I knew I had a chance in a few events and, of course, the real prize for America are the relays which are also a lot of fun.