Simone Manuel uses another dramatic finish to stun record-holder at swimming worlds – For The Win
American swimmer Simone Manuel had the swim of a lifetime in the 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics last summer when she upset Australian heavy favorites Cate and Bronte Campbell as well as guaranteed contender Sarah Sjöström. Tying with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming.
Friday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Manuel stunned the swimming world again, coming from behind to take down Sjöström, who currently holds the world record, in spectacular fashion.
Out-touching Sjöström by just .04 seconds, Manuel set a new American record with her 52.27 time. Sjöström jumped out to a big lead through the first 50 meters and held onto it tightly out of the turn. But with about 25 meters left, Manuel started to make a move, inching closer as Sjöström slowed slightly.
Despite Manuel’s world championship, Sjöström’s world record remains intact after she dropped it down to 51.71 while leading off the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on Sunday, shaving off .35 seconds.
Last summer in Rio, Sjöström finished third in the same event after Manuel and Oleksiak’s tie. Manuel just finished her junior year swimming for Stanford, along with Olympic teammate Katie Ledecky.