With 7 Golds, Caeleb Dressel Ties Phelps' Record At Swimming Worlds

Swimming: Joseph Schooling eases into 100m butterfly semi-finals but Quah Zheng Wen misses out again

Singapore's first and only Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling will have to wait for at least another two years before he gets another crack at becoming a world champion. James Guy from the United Kingdom tied with Schooling at third place.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Caeleb Dressel became the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at the world championships Saturday. Schooling's time yesterday was almost half a second slower than his Olympic record of 50.39sec, but he still remains the only Singaporean to win a medal at the World Championships.

Dressel capped his stunning display by helping the United States to a world record in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay having kicked off his historic night by winning the men's 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly golds in the space of half an hour.

The 20-year-old could win a seventh of these championships in the men's 4x100m medley relay yesterday - the final event in Budapest.

"He's incredible, he's just a great athlete", said Ledecky.

France's Camille Lacourt took the gold in 24.35s, with Junya Koga of Japan picking up the silver (24.51s) and America's Matt Grevers claiming the bronze (24.56s), 30 hundredths ahead of Israel's representative. Eddie (Reese, his coach at the University of Texas) warned me.

"I guess I was watching the heat before and I decided that if I was too slow I might not get through", said Seebohm. "There's no other way to say it". Dressel becomes the first person to win three gold medals in one day in either Worlds or Olympic competition.

Schooling himself acknowledged the budding rivalry after the final, saying: "Everyone needs someone who will push you to go faster".

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Phelps won seven gold medals at Melbourne in 2007, then one-upped himself when he bagged eight at the Beijing Olympics the following year. The top 16 qualify for the semi-finals.

The 100m butterfly was Schooling's final shot at gold at the championships after he finished fifth in the 50m butterfly final and failed to make the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle.

Schooling had admitted after the race that Reese had warned him that this would happen if he took time off from the pool.

While he was overtaken by Kristof, Schooling did turn on the afterburners to catch up with the likes of France's Mehdy Metella and Guy to salvage a bronze and match his achievements from Kazan, Russia two years ago. Commenting on Dressel's results, Schooling said, "Caeleb's time is fast, it is a solid time, I'm pumped to race him and tonight should be fun". "I don't know if I welcome them".

It was 0.17 shy of the world record she registered at the 2014 Swedish Championships in Boras.

Schooling clearly has additional gears in this - his main event - and does not need to peak until Saturday's final, assuming of course he navigates the semi-final on Friday evening European time.

It is hard not to feel for Quah, who finished 18th overall in a time of 52.13 seconds.

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