MI swimmer helps U.S. take gold, set record at 2017 World Championships

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Asked about Dressel's time, he said: "It's fast".

Simone Manuel, the world and joint Olympic 100m freestyle champion, said Dressel deserves his success. I don't know if I welcome them (comparisons), but I know they're going to come.

The final relay was merely a coronation, the Americans romping to gold in 3 minutes, 19.60 seconds - eclipsing by almost 3 1/2 seconds the mark they set two years ago at worlds. I thought, 'What the heck is this old guy talking, he's insane, ' but that shows I got to learn the hard way.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden set a new world-record for the women's 50m freestyle by clocking 23.67 secs in Saturday's semi-finals.

"Anything can happen tomorrow night - we saw that on the 100m freestyle - just because someone's in lane four and got the world record and has the fastest time, doesn't mean they're going to win", said Seebohm, who has a bronze in Budapest over 100m.

The 22-year-old has designs not only on winning gold but on breaking Michael Phelps' world record of 49.82 seconds, so he will have noted with interest Caeleb Dressel's time of 50.08 in the heats.

It was left to Lilly King, Kylie Masse and Adam Peaty to take down the swimming record book - and King to claim another impressive triumph over her Russian rival.

Dressel beat Schooling at the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard fly at the NCAA Championships in March this year.

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And on Sunday, if he achieves victory with the favored United States squad in the concluding 4x100 medley relay, he will tie Michael Phelps' all-time record with his seventh gold of a single world championship.

Home-crowd favourite Katinka Hosszu can win her second individual medley title of these championships in the women's 400m final.

Chalmers missed the world titles in order to have corrective heart surgery but admitted he could waste no more time preparing his Olympic defence after witnessing Dressel's heroics.

Comerford said she was grateful her USA coaches believed in her enough to select her for the race's opening leg in a field full of record holders and Olympic medalists. "He took a really big step this year as we can see".

"It's insane", Dressel said.

"That last relay was a lot of fun", Dressel said. She got off to a blistering start and led all the way, touching in 1 minute, 4.13 seconds to shave 0.22 off the Lithuanian's mark from the 2013 worlds in Barcelona.

"It's sad when I can't do it", said Sjostrom. "It's back-to-back events, it's physically demanding and mentally it's even more straining". "I'll give myself 30 minutes tonight to, I guess, let it sink in a bit, then it's time to refocus for that relay tomorrow".

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