Budapest – Caeleb Dressel capped an historic performance by winning three gold medals in under two hours on Saturday as the USA broke the world record for the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay at the world championships.

Dressel, who won the men’s 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly golds earlier in the evening, swam the opening leg before Simone Manuel touched the wall at three minutes, 19.60 seconds to seal America’s win.

The victory in a world-record time capped an incredible night for Dressel who had earlier won the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly finals within half an hour of each other.

It is thought to be the first time a USA swimmer has won three golds medals in one day at a world championships.

© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMON Americans Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel celebrate after the mixed 4x100m freestyle final on July 29, 2017

© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMON – Americans Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel celebrate after the mixed 4x100m freestyle final on July 29, 2017