Dressel, Kalisz emerge as new US stars at worlds

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Dressel, Kalisz emerge as new US stars at worlds
Dressel, Kalisz emerge as new US stars at worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – The United States is back on top of swimming’s glamour event. And a new champion is carrying on American dominance in the 200-meter individual medley.

Caeleb Dressel emerged as his country’s newest sprinting star with a victory in the 100-meter freestyle, holding off longtime U.S. stalwart Nathan Adrian on Thursday.

Dressel got off to a blistering start and won in a relative rout in the down-and-back race, touching in 47.17 seconds. Adrian surged from behind over the final strokes to claim the silver in 47.87, edging France’s Mehdy Metella – the fastest qualifier from the semifinals and swimming between the two Americans – by just two-hundredths of a second.

Chase Kalisz extended U.S. rule of the 200-meter individual medley, rallying to claim his first major international championship. The Americans have won the event at eight straight world championships.

United States’ Caeleb Remel Dressel celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
United States’ Caeleb Remel Dressel, left, is congratulated by his teammate Nathan Adrian after winning the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
United States’ gold medal winner Chase Kalisz is flanked by Japan’s silver medal winner Kosuke Hagino, left, and China’s bronze medal winner Wang Shun after the men’s 200-meter individual medley final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
United States’ Chase Kalisz celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 200-meter individual medley final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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