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Dressel smashes Phelps’ 100m butterfly record

Fantastic: Caeleb Dressel produced a superb effort to set a World mark in the 100m butterfly on a day when two more timings were bettered.  

American star Caeleb Dressel, swimming’s chiselled, tattooed pin-up boy, destroyed Michael Phelps’s 100 metres butterfly World record on Friday as countrywoman Simone Manuel retained her 100m freestyle title.

Reigning champ Dressel clenched a fist in the direction of flag-waving American fans after clocking an astonishing 49.50 seconds in the semifinal heat to eclipse the American legend’s old bodysuit mark by 0.32.

Dressel’s fireworks were matched in the next event when American teenager Smith crushed the women’s 200m backstroke world record, before Russian Anton Chupkov emulated them as he stormed to gold in the 200m breaststroke.

“It can be a scary thought,” said Dressel, who looks on course to match or even surpass the seven golds he scooped at the 2017 world championships in Budapest

Manuel exploded from the blocks in lane one to win gold in the women’s 100m free in 52.04 ahead of Australian Cate Campbell and Sweden’s World record holder Sarah Sjostrom.

“I felt a lot of pressure to repeat,” said Olympic champ Manuel. “It feels amazing.”

Chupkov found an extra gear off the final wall to snatch 200m breaststroke gold in 2:06.12 — knocking more than half a second off the previous World best, with Aussie Matt Wilson taking silver.

Smith covered her face with her hands after shattering the women’s 200m backstroke World record, clocking 2:03.35 to erase Missy Franklin’s old mark by more then seven tenths.

“I’m in shock,” gasped the 17-year-old. “I didn’t think I’d ever do that -- it’s crazy.”

The controversial Sun Yang, who retained his 200 and 400m freestyle titles, and China finished a distant sixth in the men’s 4x200m freestyle behind winner Australia. Russian Yulia Efimova, who has twice tested positive for banned substances in the past, became the first woman to three-peat in the 200m breaststroke, clocking 2:20.17.

Meanwhile, Evgeny Rylov retained his 200m backstroke crown in 1:53.40 and complete a Russian hat-trick of gold medals on day six.

The results: Men: 200m backstroke: 1. Evgeny Rylov (Rus) 1:53.40s, 2. Ryan Murphy (USA) 1:54.12, 3. Luke Greenbank (GBr) 1:55.85.

200m breaststroke: 1. Anton Chupkov (Rus) 2:06.12 (WR, Old: 2:06.67, Ippei Watanabe, 2017), 2. Matthew Wilson (Aus) 2:06.68, 3. Ippei Watanabe (Jpn) 2:06.73.

4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Australia 7:00.85, 2. Russia 7:01.81, 3. USA 7:01.98.

Women: 100m freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel (USA) 52.04, 2. Cate Campbell (Aus) 52.43, 3. Sarah Sjostrom (Swe) 52.46.

200m breaststroke: 1. Yuliya Efimova (Rus) 2:20.17, 2. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) 2:22.53, 3. Sydney Pickrem (Can) 2:22.90.

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