Multiple Olympic champion Michael Phelps picked up his third consecutive world title in the 100 metres butterfly on the penultimate day of the world swimming championships in Shanghai .
The American clocked 50.71 seconds to clinch his third gold of the championships.
Brazil’s Olympic champion Cesar Cielo, who was recently cleared to race following a doping hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, retained his 50 metres freestyle world title.
The 24-year-old, who also won the 50 butterfly on Monday, beat Luca Dotto of Italy and France’s Alain Bernard to the top of the podium.
Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker edged out world record holder Therese Alshammar of Sweden to win the women’s 50 butterfly. Melanie Henique of france rounded out the podium with bronze.
Teenage sensation Melissa Franklin of the United States continued to shine on her championships debut by taking two golds on the penultimate day.
The 16 year old’s first came when she won the 200 metres backstroke title while Missy’s second gold of the day after helping the USA to victory in the 4×100 medley relay.
China finished second while Olympic champions Australia took bronze
Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington handed Great Britain it’s second gold in Shanghai after she touched home first in a thrilling finish to the women’s 800 metres freestyle race.
2009 world champion Lotte Friis of Denmark won silver as Kate Ziegler of the United States claimed bronze.