By CIARÁN FAHEY
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Torri Huske and Caeleb Dressel won more gold medals for the United States in the butterfly races at the world swimming championships on Sunday.
Huske, 19, bettered her own American record in the women’s 100m butterfly, clocking 55.64 seconds to finish ahead of French swimmer Marie Wattel and China’s Zhang Yufei. Wattel’s 56.14 is a French record.
Canadian Maggie Mac Neil, who won in 2019, and Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, the 2017 winner, both skipped the race.
Dressel was half a second off the world record by winning gold in the men’s 50m butterfly in 22.57, ahead of Brazil’s Nicholas Santos and his American teammate Michael Andrew.
Britain’s Benjamin Proud, who was fastest in qualifying, was seventh, 0.51 off the pace.
Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi won the first gold of the night in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a personal best 58.26 seconds ahead of Dutch swimmer Arno Kamminga and American Nic Fink. Fink was fastest over the first 50 meters but finished 0.39 seconds behind Martinenghi.
Apostolos Christou of Greece set a championship record 52.09 in the 100 backstroke semifinal. Thomas Ceccon of Italy and Hunter Armstrong of the United States were the next fastest.
Germany’s Anna Elendt was fastest in the women’s breaststroke semi-final, where world record holder Lilly King qualified eighth for Monday’s final.
The women’s 200m IM will take place later on Sunday.
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