Dressel completes freestyle sprint double, Ledecky wins gold

Treble-gold Caeleb Dressel helped US break mixed 4x100m freestyle record while Katie Ledecky grabbed her 14th world championship gold medal by winning the women's 800m freestyle final.

Dressel clocked 49.86sec for the 100m butterfly gold - just 0.04 secs from Michael Phelps's world record set in 2009.   -  Getty Images

Caeleb Dressel of the United States won the men's 50m freestyle title at the world championships to complete the sprint double in his hat-trick of gold medals on Saturday.

Dressel, who also won the men's 100m freestyle gold on Thursday, clocked 21.15 seconds with Brazil's Bruno Fratus taking silver at 0.12 back and Britain's Ben Proud earning bronze at 0.28.

Just half an hour later, Dressel came out and blasted his way to victory in the men's 100m butterfly final.

He completed his hat-trick of golds on Saturday night leading off the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team which broke the world record.

The 20-year-old has now won six golds in Budapest.

He has three individuals titles, including the 100m freestyle, plus victories for the USA in the men's 4x100m freestyle, mixed 4x100m medley and mixed 4x100m freestyle relays.

Fratus was pleased with his second silver of the week after finishing second with Brazil in the men's 4x100m freestyle.

"I'm feeling like the silver surfer -- I'm feel amusing, it's been the best week of my life, the best to races of my life," said the 28-year-old.

"I just feel happy, because I did the hard work, I bust my ass off.

"I don't consider myself a talented guy, but I'm sure a hard worker.

"I expected a good time and I got it."

Britain's Proud, who won the 100m butterfly title on Monday, was happy with his second medal of these championships and paid tribute to Dressel, who collected his fourth gold of these world championships.

"It's a really good outcome for me to get third," said the 22-year-old.

"I was racing against a guy going 21.1 - you don't see that every day.

"It's not often that someone comes along like Caeleb, a really talented swimmer, so third place is better than I expected."

Ledecky adds another feather to her cap

The 20-year-old clocked eight minutes, 12.68 seconds with China's Li Bingjie taking silver at 2.78 secs back.   -  Getty Images

 

Katie Ledecky won her 14th world championship gold medal on Saturday with victory in the women's 800m freestyle final in Budapest.

The 20-year-old clocked eight minutes, 12.68 seconds with China's Li Bingjie taking silver at 2.78 secs back, a new Asian record, and America's Leah Smith claiming bronze at 4.54.

Results:

Men

50m freestyle

1. Caeleb Dressel (USA) 21.15

2. Bruno Fratus (BRA) 21.27

3. Benjamin Proud (GBR) 21.43

100m butterfly

1. Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.86

2. Kristof Milak (HUN) 50.62

3. Joseph Schooling (SIN) 50.83

Women

800m freestyle

1. Katie Ledecky (USA) 8:12.68

2. Li Bingjie (CHN) 8:15.46

3. Leah Smith (USA) 8:17.22

200m backstroke

1. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:05.68

2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:05.85

3. Kathleen Baker (USA) 2:06.48

50m butterfly

1. Sarah SjŮstrŮm (SWE) 24.60

2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 25.38

3. Farida Osman (EGY) 25.39

Mixed

4x100m freestyle relay

1. United States 3:19.60 -- WR

(Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford, Simone Manuel)

2. Netherlands 3:21.81

(Ben Schwietert, Kyle Stolk, Femke Heemskerk, Ramoni Kromowidjojo)

3. Canada 3:23.55

(Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo, Chantal Van Landeghem, Penny Oleksiak)