Swimming World Splashback One Year Ago Today: Golden Olympic Rookies All Around

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Splashback: One year ago today on August 11, 2016, a handful of Olympic rookies brought home gold for their respective countries.

While Simone Manuel (USA) and Penny Oleksiak‘s (CAN) 100 freestyle tie was the talk of the evening, Ryan Murphy‘s efforts in the 200 back for the United States were just as meaningful. And while it was not yet the final, Singapore star Joseph Schooling made a statement in the 100 butterfly semis with a world-leading time. Rie Kaneto of Japan, not quite an Olympic rookie, did win her first Olympic medal by winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.30.

Oh… and Michael Phelps won his 22nd Olympic gold medal, too.

Swimming World is recounting all the highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through a series of Splashbacks. Memories from August 8, 9 and 10 are also available.

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Author: Diana Pimer

Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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