Freestyle football great makes history with ninth world title
The following is a press release from the International Federation of American Football (FIBA).
By: Michael Mccormick | |
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2018 | 1:23 PM
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BELGRADE, May 20 (FIBA) – The number one player and the best athlete from any nation, the two-time Olympic bronze medalist and the World’s top-ranked player and the player of the year at the 2017 FIBA Under-20 World Championship, Aleksandar Dragić, has achieved his dream today when he becomes the ninth man to hold the world record for the most titles from two different sports at the World Championships, World Cups and Olympic Games.
Aleksandar Dragić of Serbia became only the second man in history to win world titles in three different sports in the same year when he took silver in the men’s 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships and then won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle in Rio at the 2016 Summer Games, thus becoming the first and only man to win world titles in three different sports at the same championships.
“Today, I’m the first and only man to have two world titles in three different sports at the same championships. This is very special for me,” Dragić said.
Dragić’s achievement in Rio is no less special because during this same period, he also won his fourth European Championship in the men’s 100m freestyle and he also won another World Championships title in the men’s 100m freestyle in the same competition. “This is an important and historic day for me as it is the first time that I have won two world titles at the same championships,” Dragić said.
With the record performance, Aleksandar Dragić became the first man to win world titles in two different sports at the same championships, the first to do a double world championship and the first to win two world championships at the same Olympics.
After winning his fourth consecutive European Championship in the men’s 100m freestyle in Budapest, Aleksandar Dragić