Simone Manuel is the First Woman to Sweep the 50m and 100m Freestyles at the World Championships

On Sunday night, Simone Manuel became the first American woman and the first Black woman to complete a sweep of the 50m and 100m freestyles when competing during the world swimming championships.


She was also part of America's 4x100m medley relay, which she swam anchor. Along with her teammates, Regan Smith, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia, they won with a time of 3:50.40, which is a over a full second less than the time the team set two years Hungary. During her anchor leg, Simone Manuel out-dueled Cate Campbell from Australia by more than 3 seconds.


In the 50 free, Manuel raced one length of the pool in 24.05 seconds to earn her third gold and fifth medal overall on the last night of the eight-day competition. In the 100 free, Manuel topped Campbell again, as she did in the 50m freestyle and Sarah Sjostrom finished third, who finished second in the 50m free.


Manuel’s other medals came in relays: gold in the mixed 4x100 free and silvers in the 4x100 free and 4x200 free. She secured four gold medals and six silvers over the course of eight days.



Image Source: Quinn Rooney, Getty Images

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