McEvoy fourth as Dressel sets gold standard

Jarrod Sierocki

Swimming: Federica Pellegrini beats Katie Ledecki and Aussie Emma McKeon, who tied for second in the Women’s 200m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Caeleb Dressel claimed gold in the 100m freestyle final in Budapest.

AUSTRALIA’S prized 100m freestyle sprinters no longer hold the international ascendancy after 21-year-old American Caeleb Dressel dominated the event’s final at the world championships in Budapest.

Australian contender Cameron McEvoy missed the medals by 0.03 sec, finishing fourth, as Dressel (47.17sec) swam the fastest time to win a major championship since the supersuit era finished in 2009.

It was more than half a second faster than Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers’ winning time in Rio last year (47.58sec) and he won by a huge margin in sprinting terms.

Jarrod Sierocki

Caeleb Dressel claimed gold in the 100m freestyle final in Budapest.Source:AFP

Dressel came into the event as the favourite after lighting up the pool on the opening night with a relay lead-off…

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