Simone Manuel Runs Down Sarah Sjostrom in 100 Free Final; Comerford Fourth

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In a similar fashion to last summer, Simone Manuel ran down the World Record holder on the last 25 of the 100 free final. Last year it was Cate Campbell, this time it was Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Manuel split a 27.06 to run down Sjostrom to win the gold medal at 52.27 for a new American Record. Sjostrom was second at 52.31 and Denmark’s Pernille Blume was third at 52.69.

USA’s Mallory Comerford (52.77), Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.78), Canada’s Penny Oleksiak (52.94), Australia’s Bronte Campbell (53.18) and Australia’s Emma McKeon (53.21) also competed in the stacked A-final that included five swimmers who had won gold individually at the Olympics.

This is the United States’ third overall gold medal in the 100 free on the women’s side and the first since 1998. Manuel joins Nicole Haislett (1991) and Jenny Thompson (1998) as winners in the event at the World Championships for the Americans.

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  1. Pablo Valedon

    Yes! Way to swim simone!💪🏊💪🏊!

  2. Susan L. Lansbury

    Betsy Bacher Mulvehill…..😊💪🏼🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️

  3. James Hooper

    And here’s a photo of Hosszu watching from the stands to illustrate our story! 🤦🏻‍♂️

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