Seven up! Dressel matches Phelps' record world championship medal haul

The qualifying times of swimmers in the 100m butterfly. Source FINAMore

The qualifying times of swimmers in the 100m butterfly. Source FINAMore

Dressel can match Phelps' record of seven gold medals, from the 2007 world championships in Melbourne, with victory in the men's 4x100m medley relay on Sunday. "There's no other way to say it".

Victories in the men's 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, then with the United States of America team in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, leaves him with six golds in Budapest. 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.

He set United States records in three events (50 free, 100 free and 50 fly) and came within 0.04 seconds of Phelps' 100 fly world record.

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

Dressel has emerged as the breakout performer of the championships, with a bit of help from the relatively new mixed relays.

There will be plenty of rematches in the years to come for Schooling and Dressel with Asia the forthcoming battleground.

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The championships in Hungary, which came to an end on Sunday, were Israel's first major competition under new head coach David Marsh.

And Schooling has found the going tough in recent races. "He had a 50m free final just before that". "I am not the same person as Michael Phelps", said Dressel.

Nonetheless, he said he was "glad to get a medal at least".

"I can't just focus on one event". "But more importantly, Americans went 1-2".

Improvement will be foremost in Schooling's thoughts, as will his pursuit of Phelps' world record, when he returns to Singapore this week to prepare for the biennial Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Kopelev, the European champion in the 50m back from 2012, also finished eighth in the world final in 2013 and was 11th overall in the semis two years ago.

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Representing the University of Texas, he did not win any individual title at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Championships in March, failing to defend both his 100-yard and 200-yard fly titles and losing to Dressel in the 50-yard free and 100-yard fly.

As with all his previous medals, Schooling will hand over this one to his parents to store in his father's office cabinet. He has tallied six gold medals so far in the Hungarian capital.

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.

Dressel's speed, coupled with the sheer noise inside the arena, clearly lifted Kristof Milak of Hungary who posted a world junior record time for silver.

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling booked a spot in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly, clocking 51.21 seconds to finish fourth of 16 semi-finalists on Friday afternoon Singapore time (28 July). He also won bronze in the 100m fly at the 2015 edition in Russian Federation.

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