Saturday, July 29, 2017

Simone Manuel takes 100-meter gold at FINA World Championships

American swimmer Simone Manuel proved her winning performance in the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro wasn’t a fluke on Friday when she added another gold to her growing medal collection by winning the event at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Manuel, who had never medaled in the event at worlds before, set a new American record on Friday, winning in 52.27 seconds.

The 20-year-old also beat out heavy favorite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who holds the world record in the event and had days earlier swam the length in 51.71 seconds as part of Sweden’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay team. (Incidentally, Team USA, which included Manuel, ended up winning that event, too.)

[SOURCE: Washington Post]

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