For swimmers, there is perhaps no greater honor than being in the same company as Michael Phelps. That is the rarified air Caeleb Dressel — a current Florida senior — finds himself in this weekend, as he has tied Phelps’ record for the most gold medals in a single World Championship with seven:
BREAKING: Caeleb Dressel has tied Michael Phelps' world championship record with seven gold medals.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2017
Dressel was already a very decorated swimmer, having been a part of the United States’ gold medal-winning 4 x 100 m freestyle and 4 x 100 m medley relay teams during the 2016 Rio Olympics. But the 20-year old Gator really put himself on the map over the past few days in Budapest, blowing away the field in the following events on his way to gold:
- 50 m freestyle
- 100 m freestyle
- 100 m butterfly
- 4 x 100 m freestyle
- 4 x 100 m mixed freestyle
- 4 x 100 m mixed medley
- 4 x 100 m medley
With Phelps retiring from Olympic competition, Dressel could be the face of American, and world, swimming for the foreseeable future.
Edit: The most decorated Olympian of all-time took notice of Dressel’s accomplishments and gave him a shoutout on Twitter:
So damn fun to watch buddy!!!!@caelebdressel https://t.co/5MjNEE0RFa
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 30, 2017