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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Olympic stars Ledecky, US team title for Dressel worlds

GREENSBORO, NC ( Associated Press) — Katie Ledecky and Caleb Dressel uncovered a 41-man U.S. swim team that will compete at this summer’s world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The team was selected at a meeting that ended Saturday night in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ledecky claimed victories in four freestyle events ranging from 200 to 1,500 metres. She would like to add 15 gold medals and three silver medals won in the last four World Championships.

By winning five gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, Dressel set himself up for another busy schedule by winning the 50 and 100 freebies and the 50 and 100 butterfly.

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Three years ago in Gwangju, South Korea, Dressel became the first swimmer to claim eight medals – six of which are gold – at a world championships. Michael Phelps is the only other swimmer to achieve the feat in a major international meet, winning eight golds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Dressel earned seven gold medals during the 2017 Worlds at the Duna Arena, the same Budapest venue that will host the swimming competition from June 18–25.

Joining Ledecky on the women’s team are Olympic gold medalist Lily King, who won three breaststroke races in Greensboro; Claire Curzon in the 100 free, 50 and 100 flys and 100 backstroke; Tori Huske in 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Fly; and Regan Smith in the 100 back and 200 fly.

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On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalists Ryan Murphy (100 and 200 back), Bobby Finke (800 and 1,500 free) and Chaz Kalisz (200 and 0 individual medley) are among the earners in several individual events.

Hunter Armstrong, who set the world record in the 50 backstroke at Greensboro, will also compete in the 100 back.

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