2017 FINA World Championships – Day Seven Recap, July 29

2017 FINA World Championships – Day Seven Recap, July 29

 | Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mixed 400m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold: United States, 3:19.60

Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks)

Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics)

Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville)

Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming)
Silver: Netherlands, 3:21.81

Bronze: Canada, 3:23.55

Race Notes:

  • The U.S. breaks the world record in this event by more than 3 seconds, and Team USA has now broken both mixed relay world records this week.
  • Dressel becomes the first swimmer in history to win three world titles in one day with this victory. He now has six gold medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships, including three individual gold medals - 50m free, 100m free and 100m fly. He is the first American to win three individual titles at the same FINA World Championships since Ryan Lochte won four in 2011.


Dressel: “The last relay was a lot of fun. I wanted to lead it off, even though it meant less time to get ready for it. It was such a blast. Those mixed relays are a lot of fun, I’m not used to them – I don’t think anybody is.”

Adrian (on Dressel): “It’s unbelievable, man. It’s unheard of until now. Everything’s impossible until someone does it.”

Manuel (on Dressel): “He’s an amazing athlete, and he’s trained for it. I think that’s why all of us have our successes. Sometimes it comes up as a surprise, but you get what you worked hard for.

Comerford (on Dressel): “It’s amazing knowing he’s leading off, and inspiring to watch him swim and do so well. It brings confidence to the relay … and having these guys back it up, too.”

Men’s 100m Butterfly – Final

Gold: Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 49.86
Silver: Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.62

Bronze (tie): Joseph Schooling (SGP), 50.83

Bronze (tie): James Guy (GBR), 50.83

Race Notes:

  • Thirty-three minutes separated Dressel’s world championships titles in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
  • Dressel is now the second-fastest performer all-time, just four-hundredths behind Michael Phelps’ world record. 


Dressel (on three gold medals tonight): “I had three swims within an hour and a half of each other tonight, and I had to be on my ‘A’ game for all of them tonight. It wasn’t an accident on what happened tonight… I work well [Gregg Troy] and we were ready for it. It wasn’t easy. It’s physically demanding … mentally it’s even more straining. I have 24 hours until my next swim so I’ll give myself 30 minutes tonight to let it sink in a bit, and then I’ll refocus for tomorrow for that relay tomorrow.”

Men’s 50m Freestyle – Final

Gold: Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 21.15
Silver: Bruno Fratus (BRA), 21.27

Bronze: Benjamin Proud (GBR), 21.43

Race Notes:

  • Dressel is the fourth man to sweep the 50m and 100m freestyle events in history of the world championships. 
  • This win marks the first gold medal for the U.S. since Ben Wildman-Tobriner in 2007.
  • Dressel lowered his American record in the event.  

Women’s 800m Freestyle – Final

Gold: Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 8:12.68
Silver: Bingjie Li (CHN), 8:15.46

Bronze: Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 8:17.22

Race Notes:

  • Ledecky becomes the first woman to win this event in three consecutive world championships.  
  • Ledecky has a women’s record 14 career world championships gold medals. She has won 15 career total medals – 14 gold and one silver.
  • Ledecky has won six medals throughout the week, including five gold and one silver.
  • Smith picks up bronze with a personal best by more than 3 seconds.


Ledecky: “It’s a good feeling, it’s always an honor to represent Team USA at this level of a meet… always going to put my best foot forward to get a medal for Team USA.”

Ledecky (on her performances this week): I’ve never walked away from a season completely satisfied, even last year… you are always looking forward. I can really take what I’ve learned this year and apply that moving forward and that gets me pretty excited.”

Ledecky (on Dressel): “He’s incredible. He’s such a great athlete, and just the way he goes about his racing is really impressive. He’s really fired up Team USA with his performances in the water this week.

Smith: “I was really excited with my best time and to get two American women on the podium in both the 400m and 800m [freestyle] was really special for me and for Katie [Ledecky].”

Smith (on her 400m IM tomorrow): I definitely still have something left, I’ve been racing freestyle this whole week, so I haven’t gotten tired of any of the other strokes and I’m not tired yet. My body feels fine. I’m just really excited for tomorrow and I try to think of each race as something totally different … Tomorrow I get to be in a ready room with Elizabeth [Beisel] and that is so much fun. We have been talking about that all week.”

Smith (on Team USA): I think that all really started during training camp … All of the coaches have been done a really good job on helping us bond as a team, and I think when you’re really close as a team you can get really invested in other people’s swims. I think the secret to our success is that we are all so happy for each other.”

Women’s 200m Backstroke – Final

Gold: Emily Seebohm (AUS), 2:05.68
Silver: Katinka Hozzu (HUN), 2:05.85

Bronze: Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 2:06.48

8. Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team), 2:07.42

Race Notes:

  • Baker earns a bronze medal in her first time competing in this event on the international stage.
  • Missy Franklin previously won three straight world championship medals, including gold in 2011 and 2013.  
  • Smith was the youngest competitor in the field at 15 years old.


Baker: “I’m so happy… my first [international meet] swimming more than one individual [event], and to come away with already two medals, I’m over-ecstatic. To go three 2:06’s in a row was awesome for me, too. It hurt really bad, but it’s such a good race and to see Emily [Seebohm] and Katinka [Hozzu] do so well is awesome.”

Baker (on her first international 200m backstroke): “Honestly it’s been pretty amazing and I’m definitely growing from this as a swimmer … From going to just swimming the 100 back at international races to now swimming two other events, which ends up being six other races, is definitely is definitely a learning experience and learning how to conserve my energy is definitely something I can grow from. I’m just happy to come away with a medal.”

Women’s 50m Butterfly – Final

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 24.60
Silver: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 25.38

Bronze: Farida Osmon (EGY), 25.39

4. Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 25.48

Race Notes:

  • Worrell has finished in the top five in each of the butterfly events this week, and picked up a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly.  
  • Her time lowered the American record that Worrell set earlier in the meet.
  • Jenny Thompson’s silver medal at the 2003 world championships is the only medal for the U.S. in history. 

Women’s 50m Breaststroke – Semifinal

1. Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 29.60

2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 29.73

3. Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club), 30.12

Race Notes:

  • King lowers her American record to claim the top seed for the final.
  • Tomorrow’s top-three seeds were each medalists in the 100m breast. King was the gold medalist in the 100m breaststroke, while Efimova won the 200m breaststroke.
  • Jessica Hardy won gold in at both the 2007 and 2011 world championships, and is the most recent medalist for the U.S. – having won bronze in 2013. 

Women’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinal

1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 23.67 WR

2. Pernille Blume (DEN), 24.05

3. Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 24.12

15. Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif./California Aquatics), 24.80

Race Notes:

  • Yesterday, Manuel won the 100m free world championships title.
  • Manuel’s time was just off her personal record of 24.09.  

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Semifinal

1. Camille Lacourt (FRA), 24.30

2. Junya Koga (JPN), 24.44

3. Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 24.65

5. Justin Ress (Cary, N.C./Wolfpack Elite), 24.70

Race Notes:

  • Grevers has won two of the three medals the U.S. has collected at the world championships in this event, and has been the silver medalist in the past two world championships. The only gold medal came from Randall Bal in 2001.
  • In his lone event at the world championships, Ress qualifies for his first final.

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