Budapest(July 31, 2017): Caeleb Dressel became the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at the world championships.
The newest American star pulled off the stunning triple play by racing three times over the course of about two hours and winning every time.
He started with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle, came back about a half-hour later to nearly break Michael Phelps’ world record in the 100 butterfly, and closed the night by leading off a world-record performance in the mixed 400 freestyle relay.
Dressel now has six gold medals in the championships, putting him in position to tie Phelps’ record of seven at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia. He will close the meet on the 400 medley relay team.
“Two more laps to go,” Dressel said with a smile.