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2022 World Swimming Championships Results

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Finals results from the 2022 World Swimming Championships in Budapest at the Duna Arena …

Men’s 50m Freestyle
Gold: Ben Proud (GBR) — 21.32
Silver: Michael Andrew (USA) — 21.41
Bronze: Maxime Grousset (FRA) — 21.57
4. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) — 21.60
5. Josh Liendo (CAN) — 21.61
6. Lorenzo Zazzeri (ITA) — 21.81
7. Lewis Burras (GBR) — 21.83
8. Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) — 21.89

Men’s 100m Freestyle
Gold: David Popovici (ROU) — 47.58
Silver: Maxime Grousset (FRA) — 47.64
Bronze: Josh Liendo (CAN) — 47.71
4. Pan Zhanie (CHN) — 47.79
5. Brooks Curry (USA) — 48.00
6. Nandor Nemeth (HUN) — 48.13
7. Lewis Burras (GBR) — 48.23
8. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) — 48.31

Men’s 200m Freeestyle
Gold: David Popovici (ROU) — 1:43.21
Silver: Hwang Sunwoo (KOR) — 1:44.47
Bronze: Tom Dean (GBR) — 1:44.98
4. Drew Kibler (USA) — 1:45.01
5. Felix Auboeck (AUT) — 1:45.11
6. Kieran Smith (USA) — 1:45.16
7. Lukas Martens (GER) — 1:45.73
8. Elijah Winnington (AUS) — 1:45.92

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Men’s 400m Freestyle
Gold: Elijah Winnington (AUS) — 3:41.22
Silver: Lukas Martens (GER) — 3:42.85
Bronze: Guilherme Costa (BRA) — 3:43.31
4. Felix Auboeck (AUT) — 3:43.58
5. Marco De Tullio (ITA) — 3:44.14
6. Kim Woomin (KOR) — 3:45.64
7. Kieran Smith (USA) — 3:46.43
8. Trey Freeman (USA) — 3:46.53

Men’s 800m Freestyle
Gold: Bobby Finke (USA) — 7:39.36
Silver: Florian Wellbrock (GER) — 7:39.63
Bronze: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) — 7:40.05
4. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) — 7:41.19
5. Guilherme Costa (BRA) — 7:45.48
6. Gabriele Detti (ITA) — 7:47.75
7. Damien Joly (FRA) — 7:48.10
8. Daniel Wiffen (IRL) — 7:50.63

Men’s 1500m Freestyle
Gold: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) — 14:32.80
Silver: Bobby Finke (USA) — 14:36.70
Bronze: Florian Wellbrock (GER) — 14:36.94
4. Lukas Martens (GER) — 14:40.89
5. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) — 14:40.98
6. Guilherme Costa (BRA) — 14:48.53
7. Daniel Jervis (GBR) — 14:48.86
8. Damien Joly (FRA) — 15:09.15

Men’s 50m Backstroke
Gold: Justin Ress (USA) — 24.12
Silver: Hunter Armstrong (USA) — 24.14

Bronze: Ksawery Masiuk (POL) — 24.49
4. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) — 24.51
5. Apostolos Christou (GRE) — 24.57
5. Robert Glina (ROU) — 24.57
7. Ole Braunschweig (GER) — 24.66
8. Isaac Cooper (AUS) — 24.76

Men’s 100m Backstroke
Gold: Thomas Ceccon (ITA) — 51.60 WR
Silver: Ryan Murphy (USA) — 51.97
Bronze: Hunter Armstrong (USA) — 51.98
4. Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) — 52.50
5. Apostolos Christou (GRE) — 52.57
6. Ksawery Masiuk (POL) — 52.75
7. Ryosuke Irie (JPN) — 52.83
8. Robert Glinta (ROU) — 53.63

Men’s 200m Backstroke
Gold: Ryan Murphy (USA) — 1:54.52
Silver: Luke Greenbank (GBR) — 1:55.16
Bronze: Shaine Casas (USA) — 1:55.35
4. Brodie Williams (GBR) — 1:56.16
5. Mewen Tomac (FRA) — 1:56.35
6. Adam Telegdy (HUN) — 1:56.91
7. Roman Mityukov (SUI) — 1:57.45
8. Benedek Kovacs (HUN) — 1:58.52

Men’s 50m Breaststroke
Gold: Nic Fink — 26.45
Silver: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) — 26.48
Bronze: Michael Andrew (USA) — 26.72
4. Bernhard Reitshammer (AUT) — 26.94
5. Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) — 26.98
6. Lucas Matzerath (GER) — 27.10
7. Yan Zibei (CHN) — 27.18
8. Felipe Franca Silva (BRA) — 27.42

Men’s 100m Breaststroke
Gold: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) — 58.26
Silver: Arno Kamminga (NED) — 58.62
Bronze: Nic Fink (USA) — 58.65
4. James Wilby (GBR) — 58.93
5. Yan Zibei (CHN) — 59.22
6. Lucas Matzerath (GER) — 59.50
7. Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) — 59.65
8. Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU) — 59.80

Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Gold: Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) — 2:07.07
Silver: Yu Hanaguruma (JPN) — 2:08.38
Silver: Erik Persson (SWE) — 2:08.38
4. Ryuya Mura (JPN) — 2:08.86
5. Nic Fink (USA) — 2:09.05
6. Anton McKee (ISL) — 2:09.37
7. Caspar Corbeau (NED) — 2:09.62
8. Matti Mattsson (FIN) — 2:09.65

Men’s 50m Butterfly
Gold: Caeleb Dressel (USA) — 22.57
Silver: Nicholas Santos (BRA) — 22.78
Bronze: Michael Andrew (USA) — 22.79
4. Dylan Carter (TTO) — 22.85
5. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) — 22.86
6. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) — 23.01
7. Ben Proud (GBR) — 23.08
8. Tzen Wei Teong (SGP) — 23.29

Men’s 100m Butterfly
Gold: Kristof Milak (HUN) — 50.14
Silver: Naoki Mizunuma (JPN) — 50.94
Bronze: Josh Liendo (CAN) — 50.97
4. Michael Andrew (USA) — 51.11
5. Matthew Temple (AUS) — 51.15
6. Simon Bucher (AUT) — 51.28
7. Jakub Majerski (POL) — 51.35
8. Noe Ponti (SUI) — 51.51

Men’s 200m Butterfly
Gold: Kristof Milak (HUN) — 1:50.34
Silver: Leon Marchand (FRA) — 1:53.37
Bronze: Tomoru Honda (JPN) — 1:53.61
4. Noe Ponti (SUI) — 1:54.29
5. Luca Urlando (USA) — 1:54.92
6. Tamas Kenderesi (HUN) — 1:55.20
7. Alberto Razzetti (ITA) — 1:55.52
8. James Guy (GBR) — 1:55.54

Men’s 200m Individual Medley
Gold: Leon Marchand (FRA) — 1:55.22
Silver: Carson Foster (USA) — 1:55.71
Bronze: Daiya Seto (JPN) — 1:56.22
4. Chase Kalisz (USA) — 1:56.43
5. Tom Dean (GBR) — 1:56.77
6. Hubet Kos (HUN) — 1:57.26
7. Lewis Clareburt (NZL) — 1:58.11
. Matthew Sates (RSA) — 1:58.27

Men’s 400m Individual Medley
Gold: Leon Marchand (FRA) — 4:04.28
Silver: Carson Foster (USA) — 4:06.56
Bronze: Chase Kalisz (USA) — 4:07.47
4. Lewis Clareburt (NZL) — 4:10.98
5. Brendon Smith (AUS) — 4:11.36
6. Daiya Seto (JPN) — 4:11.93
7. Tomoru Honda (JPN) — 4:12.20
8. Balazs Hollo (HUN) — 4:15.17

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Gold: USA — 3:09.34
Silver: Australia — 3:10.80
Bronze: Italy — 3:10.95
4. Great Britain — 3:11.14
5. Hungary — 3:11.24
6. Canada — 3:11.99
7. Brazil — 3:12.21
8. Serbia — 3:13.83

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Gold: U.S. — 7:00.24
Silver: Australia — 7:03.50
Bronze: Great Britain — 7:04.00
4. Brazil — 7:04.69
5. Hungary — 7:06.27
6. South Korea — 7:06.93
7. France — 7:08.78
8. China — 7:10.93

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Gold: Italy — 3:27.51
Silver: USA — 3:27.79
Bronze: Great Britain — 3:31.31
4. Australia — 3:31.81
5. France — 3:32.37
6. Germany — 3:32.63
7. Austria — 3:32.80
8. China — 3:34.62

Women’s 50m Freestyle
Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) — 23.98
Silver: Katarzyna Wasick (POL) — 24.18
Bronze: Meg Harris (AUS) — 24.38
Bronze: Erika Brown (USA) — 24.38
5. Zhang Yufei (CHN) — 24.57
6. Torri Huske (USA) — 24.64
7. Anna Hopkin (GBR) — 24.71
8. Julie Jensen (DEN) — 24.96

Women’s 100m Freestyle
Gold: Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS) — 52.67
Silver: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) — 52.80
Bronze: Torri Huske (USA) — 52.92
4. Penny Oleksiak (CAN) — 52.98
5. Cheng Yujie (CHN) — 53.58
6. Kayla Sanchez (CAN) — 53.59
7. Marie Wattel (FRA) — 53.60
8. Claire Curzan (USA) — 53.81

Women’s 200m Freestyle
Gold: Yang Junxuan (CHN) — 1:54.92
Silver: Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS) — 1:55.22
Bronze: Tang Muhan (CHN) — 1:56.25
4. Freya Anderson (GBR) — 1:56.61
5. Maddie Wilson (AUS) — 1:56.85
6. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) — 1:57.24
6. Taylor Ruck (CAN) — 1:57.24
8. Isabel Gose (GER) — 1:57.38

Women’s 400m Freestyle
Gold: Katie Ledecky (USA) — 3:58.15
Silver: Summer McIntosh (CAN) — 3:59.39
Bronze: Leah Smith (USA) — 4:02.08
4. Lani Pallister (AUS) — 4:02.16
5. Isabel Gose (GER) — 4:03.47
6. Erika Fairweather — 4:04.73
7. Kiah Melverton (AUS) — 4:05.62
8. Tang Muhan (CHN) — 4:10.70

Women’s 800m Freestyle
Gold: Katie Ledecky (USA) — 8:08.04
Silver: Kiah Melverton (AUS) — 8:18.77
Bronze: Simona Quadarella (ITA) — 8:19.00
4. Leah Smith (USA) — 8:20.04
5. Li Bingjie (CHN) — 8:23.15
6. Isabel Gose (GER) — 8:23.78
7. Eve Thomas (NZL) — 8:30.37
8. Viviane Jungblut (BRA) — 8:37.04

Women’s 1500m Freestyle
Gold: Katie Ledecky (USA) –15:30.15
Silver: Katie Grimes (USA) — 15:44.89
Bronze: Lani Pallister (AUS) — 15:48.96
4. Moesha Johnson (AUS) — 15:55.75
5. Simona Quadarella (ITA) — 16:03.84
6. Beatriz Dizotti (BRA) — 16:05.25
7. Viviane Jungblut (BRA) — 16:13.89
8. Kristel Kobrich (CHI) — 16:20.24

Women’s 50m Backstroke
Gold: Kylie Masse (CAN) — 27.31
Silver: Katharine Berkoff (USA) — 27.39
Bronze: Analia Pigree (FRA) — 27.40
4. Ingrid Wilm (CAN) — 27.43
5. Regan Smith (USA) — 27.47
5. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) — 27.47
7. Medi Harris (GBR) — 27.72
8. Kira Toussaint (NED) — 27.80

Women’s 100m Backstroke
Gold: Regan Smith (USA) — 58.22
Silver: Kylie Masse (CAN) — 58.40
Bronze: Claire Curzan (USA) — 58.67
4. Wan Letian (CHN) — 59.77
5. Emma Terebo (FRA) — 59.98
6. Kira Toussaint (NED) — 59.99
7. Peng Xuwei (CHN) — 1:00.01
7. Medi Eira Harris (GBR) — 1:00.01

Women’s 200m Backstroke
Gold: Kaylee McKeown (AUS) — 2:05.08
Silver: Phoebe Bacon (USA) — 2:05.12
Bronze: Rhyan White (USA) — 2:06.96
4. Margherita Panziera (ITA) — 2:07.27
5. Kylie Masse (CAN) — 2:08.00
6. Peng Xuwei (CHN) — 2:09.13
7. Dora Molnar (HUN) — 2:10.08
8. Katalin Burian (HUN) — 2:10.37

Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Gold: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) — 29.70
Silver: Benedetta Pilato (ITA) — 29.80
Bronze: Lara van Niekerk (RSA) — 29.90
4. Tang Qianting (CHN) — 30.21
5. Anna Elendt (GER) — 30.22
6. Eneli Jefimova (EST) — 30.25
7. Lilly King (USA) — 30.40
8. Jhennifer Conceicao (BRA) — 30.45

Women’s 100m Breaststroke
Gold: Benedetta Pilato (ITA) — 1:05.93
Silver: Anna Elendt (GER) — 1:05.98
Bronze: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) — 1:06.02
4. Lilly King (USA) — 1:06.07
5. Reona Aoki (JPN) — 1:06.38
6. Sophie Hansson (SWE) — 1:06.39
7. Tang Qianting (CHN) — 1:06.41
8. Molly Renshaw (GBR) — 1:06.60

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Gold: Lilly King (USA) — 2:22.41
Silver: Jenna Strauch (AUS) — 2:23.04
Bronze: Kate Douglass (USA) — 2:23.20
4. Kelsey Wog (CAN) — 2:23.86
5. Kotryna Teterevkova (LTU) — 2:23.90
6. Molly Renshaw (GBR) — 2:23.92
7. Francesca Fangio (ITA) — 2:25.08
8. Abbie Wood (GBR) — 2:26.19

Women’s 50m Butterfly
Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) — 24.95
Silver: Melanie Henique (FRA) — 25.31
Bronze: Zhang Yufei (CHN) — 25.32
4. Farida Osman (EGY) — 25.38
5. Claire Curzan (USA) — 25.43
6. Torri Huske (USA) — 25.45
7. Marie Wattel (FRA) — 25.79
8. Maaike De Waard (NED) — 25.85

Women’s 100m Butterfly
Gold: Torri Huske (USA) — 55.64
Silver: Marie Wattel (FRA) — 56.14
Bronze: Zhang Yufei (CHN) — 56.41
4. Louise Hansson (SWE) — 56.48
5. Claire Curzan (USA) — 56.74
6. Brianna Throssel (AUS) — 56.98
7. Farida Osman (EGY) — 57.66
8. Lana Pudar (BIH) — 58.44

Women’s 200m Butterfly
Gold: Summer McIntosh (CAN) — 2:05.20
Silver: Hali Flickinger (USA) — 2:06.08
Bronze: Zhang Yufei (CHN) — 2:06.32
4. Regan Smith (USA) — 2:06.79
5. Elizabeth Dekkers (AUS) — 2:07.01
6. Lana Pudar (BIH) — 2:07.85
7. Helena Bach (DEN) — 2:08.12
7. Boglarka Kapas (HUN) — 2:08.12

Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Gold: Alex Walsh (USA) — 2:07.13
Silver: Kaylee McKeown (AUS) — 2:08.57
Bronze: Leah Hayes (USA) — 2:08.91
4. Rika Omoto (JPN) — 2:10.01
5. Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR) — 2:11.02
6. Kim Seoyeong (KOR) — 2:11.30
7. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) — 2:11.37
8. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) — 2:12.77

Women’s 400m Individual Medley
Gold: Summer McIntosh (CAN) — 4:32.04
Silver: Katie Grimes (USA) — 4:32.67
Bronze: Emma Weyant (USA) — 4:36.00
4. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) — 4:37.89
5. Yui Ohashi (JPN) — 4:37.99
6. Ge Chutong (CHN) — 4:38.37
7. Jenna Forrester (AUS) — 4:42.39
8. Ageha Tanigawa (JPN) — 4:44.28

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Gold: Australia — 3:30.95
Silver: Canada — 3:32.15
Bronze: USA — 3:32.58
4. China — 3:35.25
5. Great Britain — 3:35.43
6. Brazil — 3:38.10
7. Netherlands – 3:38.18
8. Hungary — 3:38.20

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Gold: U.S. — 7:41.45
Silver: Australia — 7:43.86
Bronze: Canada — 7:44.76
4. China — 7:45.72
5. Hungary — 7:57.90
6. Brazil — 7:58.38
7. New Zealand — 7:59.08
8. Japan — 8:00.03

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Gold: USA — 3:53.78
Silver: Australia — 3:54.25
Bronze: Canada — 3:55.01
4. Sweden — 3:55.96
5. Netherlands — 3:57.24
6. China — 3:57.73
7. Italy — 3:58.86
8. France — 3:59.94

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Gold: Australia — 3:19.38 WR
Silver: Canada — 3:20.61
Bronze: U.S. — 3:21.09
4. Great Britain — 3:22.44
5. Netherlands — 3:24.24
6. Brazil — 3:24.78
7. Italy — 3:25.83
8. China — 3:26.92

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
Gold: U.S. — 3:38.79
Silver: Australia — 3:41.34
Bronze: Netherlands — 3:41.54
4. Great Britain — 3:41.65
5. Italy — 3:41.67
6. China — 3:43.55
7. Japan — 3:45.28
8. Germany — 3:46.64

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U.S. finishes swimming worlds with most medals in history

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BUDAPEST — The U.S. shattered the record for world swimming championships medals, winning eight more on the final day to finish with 45.

It held the previous record of 38 from 2017.

The U.S. closed out competition Saturday with gold in the men’s 50m backstroke (Justin Ress, who was disqualified, then had it overturned on appeal) and the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

“We have crushed it this whole week,” said Regan Smith, who led off the relay and also won the individual 100m back earlier in the meet. “We’ve had such good energy. This team is really special. It’s like no other team I’ve ever been on.”

Hunter Armstrong added silver in the 50m back, and the men’s medley relay also got silver.

Katie Grimes and Emma Weyant went silver-bronze in the 400m individual medley won by 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh.

Bobby Finke earned silver in the 1500m free (in an American record time) behind Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who posted the second-fastest time in history.

Erika Brown tied for bronze in the 50m free for her first individual medal at a global championships after nine relay medals. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the splash and dash for her 19th career individual world champs medal, one shy of Michael Phelps‘ record.

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte won her first world title in nine years, taking the 50m breast. Meilutyte was the shock 2012 Olympic 100m breast champion at age 15, then briefly retired in 2019.

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The Americans, who topped the total medal standings at every Olympics and worlds since the end of the dubious East German reign in 1988, were expected to dominate this week.

Russians were banned due to the war in Ukraine. Some top swimmers from Australia, Canada and South Africa sat out or limited their schedules ahead of their quadrennial Commonwealth Games later this summer. Other stars missed out due to injury or COVID.

The Americans were led once again by Katie Ledecky, who swept her four events (in the absence of Australian rival Ariarne Titmus) and finished on Friday. Caeleb Dressel won two golds, then withdrew from the meet due to unspecified medical reasons.

Past champions returned to the top of the podium, such as Lilly King, Ryan Murphy and Regan Smith. Young talent climbed, such as Torri Huske, Alex Walsh, Grimes, Carson Foster, Michael Andrew, Phoebe Bacon and Leah Hayes.

The biggest breakouts were international.

Léon Marchand, a 20-year-old Frenchman who competes for Arizona State under Michael Phelps‘ longtime coach Bob Bowman, swept the men’s individual medleys. David Popovici, a 17-year-old Romanian, swept the 100m and 200m frees.

McIntosh, who had a pair of fourth-place Tokyo Olympic finishes at age 14, won the 200m fly and 400m IM and took second to Ledecky in the 400m free this week.

Hungarian Kristof Milak was the face of the meet, breaking his 200m butterfly world record and adding the 100m fly title in the absence of Dressel, the Olympic gold medalist and world record holder. Between Popovici and Milak, Dressel has major challengers in two of his three individual Olympic title events.

The most anticipated showdowns in the sport — Ledecky vs. Titmus, Dressel vs. Milak and Popovici, even Huske against Australian Emma McKeon in the 100m fly — did not take place here.

They must wait until, likely, next July’s world championships in Fukuoka, Japan, which will determine the early favorites for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Katie Ledecky completes 4-for-4 swim worlds with 5-peat

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BUDAPEST — Katie Ledecky won all four of her events at the world swimming championships, capping it with an unprecedented fifth consecutive title in her trademark event, the 800m freestyle.

She clocked 8 minutes, 8.04 seconds, prevailing by 10.73 seconds over Australian Kiah Melverton and nodding upon seeing her time. Ledecky now has the 28 fastest times in history in the event. This one was the fifth fastest and her best since 2018.

“I thought I was a little faster that, but that’s the fastest I’ve been in a while, so I’m really thrilled with that,” she said. “Really excited about the future as well.”

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Ledecky became the first swimmer to win five consecutive world titles in an individual event. Her 19th career world gold medal broke her tie with Ryan Lochte for the second-most in history behind Michael Phelps (26).

Ledecky owns 22 career world championships medals of any color, trailing Lochte (27) and Phelps (33). She has 14 individual world titles, one shy of Phelps’ record.

Ten years ago, Ledecky won her first gold medal at age 15 at the London Olympics, in the 800m freestyle.

“I made it a goal to not be a one-hit wonder, and here we are,” Ledecky said, according to USA Swimming.

Earlier in the meet, Ledecky posted her fastest 4x200m free relay split ever, the fastest 400m free ever swum at a world championships and a 1500m free time that was 7.59 seconds faster than she went in the Tokyo Olympic final.

“Probably the most fun I’ve had a meet in a long time,” Ledecky said. “The results showed.”

In 2023, the anticipation will be for a showdown at the world championships with Australian rival Ariarne Titmus, who skipped these worlds to focus on the Commonwealth Games later this summer.

Titmus, after winning the Tokyo Olympic 200m and 400m frees, broke Ledecky’s world record in the 400m free at the Australian trials last month.

Earlier Friday, Americans Phoebe Bacon and Rhyan White took silver and bronze in the 200m backstroke. Bacon, who attended the same elementary and high schools as Ledecky, was edged for gold by Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown of Australia by four hundredths.

Michael Andrew earned 50m free silver, .09 behind Brit Ben Proud. It’s Andrew’s first world medal in an individual Olympic event.

Hungarian Kristof Milak became the third man to sweep the 100m and 200m butterflies at one worlds, joining Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos.

Milak took the 100m fly in 50.14 seconds in the absence of Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel, who withdrew from the meet earlier this week on unspecified medical grounds. In Tokyo, Dressel won in a world record 49.45 seconds, and Milak was second in 49.68 to supplant Phelps as the second-fastest man in history.

“I’m not satisfied with the time as I swam exactly the same time as in the semis,” Milak said, according to FINA. “But I won the gold and that’s the most important now.”

Swede Sarah Sjostrom four-peated in the 50m butterfly for her 18th individual world medal, moving two shy of Phelps’ record. Sjostrom, 28, can win a 19th in the 50m free on Saturday.

Australia won the mixed-gender 4x100m freestyle relay, which is not on the Olympic program, in a world record. The U.S. earned bronze.

Worlds wrap up Sunday. With two medals, the U.S. will break the record for most medals by one nation at a single worlds.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post stated Ledecky had the 27 fastest 800m free times in history. She has the 28 fastest.

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