Simone Manuel makes waves in the pool again
She won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, becoming the first American woman to do it
11:55 AMIt must be something in the millennial water this year!
First 15-year-old Coco Gauff’s run at Wimbledon and now 22-year-old Simone Manuel has made history becoming the first American woman to complete a sweep of the 50- and 100-meter freestyle at a world swimming championship; she accomplished that Sunday night in Gwangju, South Korea.
In the 50 freestyle, she swam won in 24.05 seconds. Coming in right behind her was Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who took the silver in 24.07, followed by Australian Cate Campbell, who picked up the bronze, finishing in 24.11 seconds. In the 100 free, Manuel beat Campbell and Sjostrom finished third. Manuel finished the eight-day competition with four gold medals and six silvers.
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Manuel said on Twitter: “By no means was this a perfect meet, but that’s okay. I had to bounce back from adversity and trust in God’s plan. Failure isn’t final IF you stay the course and keep fighting. I’m pretty dang proud of myself. All glory to God. Always an honor to be a part of Team USA.”
Manuel made a splash in the swimming world at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro by becoming the first African American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. She won two gold and two silver medals there. Afterward, she helped the Stanford women’s swim team win its first NCAA swim title in 19 years.
Team USA now holds the world record in the women’s 4×100 medley relay with a combined time of 3:50.40 in the final event of the championships. Four of Manuel’s medals came in relays: gold in the 4×100 medley and mixed 4×100 free, and silver in the 4×100 free and 4×200 free.