United States' Regan Smith reacts after her women's 200m backstroke semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, July 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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American swimmers smashed records and grabbed gold at the world championships Friday, with sprint king Caeleb Dressel taking down Michael Phelps' 100 meters butterfly world record and teenager Regan Smith lowering the women's 200 backstroke mark.Dressel, who in 2017 tied Phelps record of seven world titles at a single championships, knocked 0.32 seconds off his former teammate's butterfly mark set at the world championships in Rome 10 years ago.The 22-year-old has already won three golds in Gwangju and is on course to repeat his haul of seven world titles, a feat that not even Phelps managed.Manuel had swam the anchor leg for the Americans in the mixed 4x100 medley relay Wednesday when she gave up a sizeable lead to Cate Campbell as Australia pipped the United States to gold by 0.02 seconds.Winning gold Friday was the Australian men's 4x200 relay team, who came home in 7:00.85 ahead of Russia and the U.S.
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