Caeleb Dressel was once again the star of the show for Team USA tonight as the US star took a step into another stratosphere posting a 47.17 in the 100m FR to earn an individual title in the event. He also bested Team USA teammate Nathan Adrian who has long been the king of sprint freestyle for the last few years. This race, on top of his other stellar, swims thus far at the meet, could potentially be his coming out party as THE best sprinter on this planet. We know it’s true in collegiate swimming (SCY) but now he’s proving it, period.
Here’s a quick update from everything else that happened today.
2017 FINA World Championships – Day Five Recap
Women’s 800m Freestyle Relay – Final
Gold: United States, 7:43.39
Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming)
Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville)
Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics)
Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming)
Silver: China, 7:44.96
Bronze: Australia, 7:48.51
- With gold in this relay, the U.S. has now won seven of the last eight world championships titles in this event.
- Ledecky earns her 14th world championships medal and fifth this week. With her 14th medal, Ledecky now ranks third all-time among American women, trailing only Natalie Coughlin (20), Missy Franklin (16) and is tied with Jenny Thompson (14).
- This is the first world championships title for Smith and Margalis.
- Smith led off with a personal-best to give U.S. the early lead. She has lowered her best time in the 200m free three times this week.
Smith: “It’s also special that it takes a lot to just even get on this relay. I know [Melanie Margalis] fought so hard this morning, and she went a best time ever and that really lit us up for tonight. We all knew it was going to be really special.”
Comerford: “It’s definitely awesome to be able to represent Team USA, we have talked about winning, but it’s just awesome to have these girls and knowing they are going to fight for you … diving in the water and know they’re going to fight as much as you are.”
Margalis: “I couldn’t believe that I got to swim on the finals relay … if somebody had told me I was going to be representing the U.S. on the 800 free relay at worlds, I never would have believed them. It was just so awesome to have these girls … even getting behind the blocks with the USA flag on your cap is an honor, and you just feel ready to go when you have that cap on.”
Ledecky: “I wanted to put up a better swim than last night, I don’t know if it was from frustration or just swimming for my team. I just felt really good warming up, felt a lot better than yesterday and just knew I could lay it all out there for my team tonight.”
Men’s 100m Freestyle – Final
Gold: Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 47.17
Silver: Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 47.87
Bronze: Mehdy Metella (FRA), 47.89
- Dressel breaks the American record for the second time this week for his first individual world championships gold medal.
- Dressel becomes the first American to win gold in this event since Anthony Ervin in 2001.
- With his silver finish, Adrian now has 12 medals in five world championships.
- This is the third time this week that the U.S. has gone 1-2 in a single event, with the others coming from Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith in the women’s 400m free and Lilly King and Katie Meili in the women’s 100m breast.
Dressel: “I’m very excited … but more importantly Americans went 1-2 and I think that’s more exciting anytime that can be shown on that board. It’s always nice to go a best time, I came in with a 47.9 so I’m very happy with a 47.1. Right now, it’s all smiles, let it sit in a little bit I guess … I’m excited and man it’s nice to go 1-2 with Nathan … there’s nothing like that.”
Adrian: “We’re stoked to see USA go 1-2 … I was glad to step up and get a medal, but watch Chase [Kalisz] and Caeleb [Dressel] do their thing. It’s a crazy event … it’s just really fun to be a part of it. I was really close to my time from last year, so I was happy with that.”
Adrian (on Caeleb Dressel): “He crushed it, it’s just fun to watch. He’s going to be incredible in the years to come.”
Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Final
Gold: Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), 1:55.56
Silver: Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:56.01
Bronze: Shun Wang (CHN), 1:56.28
- Kalisz’s gold makes it eight straight world championships titles for the U.S. in this event. The previous seven titles came from Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
- It’s not only his first world championships title, but the first time Kalisz has competed in this event on the international stage.
Kalisz: “Last summer was a disappointment for me where I wasn’t able to continue the 400 IM tradition, that was something that bothered me for a few months. I’m very aware of what those two [Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte] have done … they’re the center piece of IM in our sport, both of them. No one is going change them or replace those two, but to be able to continue, represent the U.S. and be on the top of the podium in that event … that’s cool to be because those two are my idols.”
Kalisz (on winning first the individual men’s gold medal in Budapest): “I mean we could’ve gone without my swim, I was confident in Caeleb [Dressel] … he’s something else and he’s going to be special in our sport in the years to come. It’s a good day for the U.S.”
Women’s 50m Backstroke – Final
Gold: Etiene Medeiros (BRA), 27.14
Silver: Yuanhui Fu (CHN), 27.15
Bronze: Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR), 27.23
- Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 27.50
- This marks the second top-five finish for Baker after picking up a silver medal in the 100m back earlier this week.
- Baker holds the American record in this event after breaking it in her semifinal swim (27.48).
Women’s 100m Freestyle – Semifinal
1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 52.44
- Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 52.69
- Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 52.85
- Manuel and Comerford will be the second and third seeds, respectively, heading into tomorrow night’s final.
- Comerford holds the American record in this event, after clocking a 52.59 as the lead off in the women’s 400m free relay that won gold earlier this week.
- At the 2016 Olympic Games, Manuel tied for gold in this event.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Semifinal
1. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:21.49
- Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Aggie Swim Club), 2:21.86
- Taylor McKeown (AUS), 2:22.10
- Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 2:23.81
- Galat picked up the second seed with a personal record, while King qualified as the eighth seed.
- King broke the world record and won gold in the women’s 100m breast earlier this week.
- King finished 12th at the 2016 Olympic Games in this event.
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinal
1. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 1:54.79
- Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 1:54.93
- Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 1:54.96
- Jacob Pebley (Corballis, Ore./California Aquatics), 1:55.20
- Murphy is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in this event.
- This will be the first world championships final for Pebley. He is seeded fifth, and placed fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games.
- U.S. has won the last eight titles in this event, with Lochte winning three of the last four.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Semifinal
1. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:07.14
- Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2:07.44
- Ross Murdoch (GBR), 2:07.72
- Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 2:08.40
- Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:08.80
- Cordes was a silver medalist in this event at the world championships in 2015; he also picked up silver in the 100m breast earlier this week.
- Fink compete in his first world championships final since 2013, when he finished eighth in the 100m breast.
- In 16 world championships, the U.S. has medaled in 13 of them.
Women’s 200m Butterfly – Final
1. Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 2:05.26
- Franziska Hentke (GER), 2:05.39
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:06.02
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