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Caeleb Dressel wins record eight medals at world swimming championships

By Jake Elman
Caeleb Dressel wins record eight medals at world swimming championships
Caeleb Dressel became the first first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a world swimming championships. File Photo by Matt Healey/UPI | License Photo

July 28 (UPI) -- American swimmer Caeleb Dressel set a single-meet record by capturing eight medals at the 2019 world swimming championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Dressel won gold in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, 50 and 100-meter butterfly, and 4 x 100-mixed and men's freestyles. He took home silver in the 4 x 100-mixed and men's medley relays.

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Dressel broke Michael Phelps' 100-meter butterfly record. He finished the heat in 49.50 seconds, 0.32 seconds better than Phelp's mark at the 2009 world meet in Rome.

"Part of me is very happy," Dressel said. "Part of me wants to cry that I'm done with it. I've got pimples on my face from just the stress of the meet. I'm probably losing some hair."

Dressel became the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a world swimming championships for the second time Saturday.

"It was a very tough week," he said. "I knew I was going to have to come with fire, passion and pride in every single race."

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Teammate Simone Manuel made history by becoming the first American to win the 50 and 100-meter freestyles in Gwangju.

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