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Katie Ledecky wins 5th gold medal at World Championships

31 July 2017

Again, those comparisons to Phelps.

"That last relay was a lot of fun", Dressel said.

"It's been a long meet so hopefully I'll finish on a high note, that's my plan", the 23-year-old said. But I know they're going to come.

"I always think I have a shot - that's what makes me the swimmer I am. I just want to keep doing my thing at this meet and for the future".

"This kid is on fire!"

After taking Olympic gold in sensational fashion, Schooling the hunter has now become the hunted, following the emergence of the intriguing braces-and-tattoos figure of Dressel, as well as the previously unheralded Kristof. "So damn fun to watch buddy!"

For evidence, he need look no further than Ervin, who denied Dressel a spot in the 50 free last summer in Rio and went on to win the sport's fastest sprint at the age of 35.

Dressel had already won three individual golds and three relay titles in Budapest and Sunday's addition allowed him to match his compatriot Phelps's tally from the 2007 championships in Melbourne.

The Americans' recent record in the medley relay is strong.

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Dressel began his historic evening in the men's 50m freestyle, posting a world textile best time of 21.15 seconds.

Manuel touched the wall at 52.27 seconds with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, the world-record holder, at 0.04 back while Pernille Blume of Denmark took bronze at 0.42.

"When I was on the podium (for the 100m freestyle), I saw how close I was to the gold, my finish was really bad, you don't deserve to win the gold if you swim like that", said Sjostrom. Until now. The sprinter hailing from Jacksonville, Florida has certainly used this year's World Championships in Budapest to his advantage as a stepping stone to bud into the biggest name in US Swimming these days.

The time recorded by American Dressel, Schooling's former Bolles School team-mate, was faster than the Olympic record time 50.39 Schooling posted in winning gold in Rio past year.

Sjostrom's time in the semi-finals broke the previous mark of 23.73 seconds set by Germany's Britta Steffen in 2009.

In the women's 200 backstroke, Emily Seebohm of Australia shrugged off the roaring Hungarian crowd to take gold over home-country favorite Katinka Hosszu.

Ruta Meilutyte's 50m world-record of 29.48 seconds, set four years ago in Barcelona, could fall.

In the space of one hour and 42 minutes, Dressel, 20, rewrote the record books of worldwide swimming. "Many people take time off this year and that's pretty much what
happened". "It's really impressive, really cool to see".

Marsh was the head coach of the US women's team at the Rio Olympics and served as a men's assistant coach for the 2012, 2000 and 1996 US Olympic teams. Two of his golds came in events that feature men and women on the same team, races Phelps never competed in at worlds.

Katie Ledecky wins 5th gold medal at World Championships