Manuel Breaks American Record with 23.97 for 50 Free Bronze

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

American sprint star Simone Manuel earned another piece of hardware on the final night of competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Manuel, who won the 100 free earlier in the meet, became the first American woman to break the 24-second barrier when she touched in 23.97 to take bronze tonight. Winning the race was World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom (23.69) ahead of the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (23.85), who put up a personal best for the silver.

With her performance tonight, Manuel set a new American Record and Continental Record. She erased the former mark of 24.07, which was set by sprint legend Dara Torres back in 2009.

FASTEST PERFORMERS OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S 50 FREE

1 Sarah Sjostrom 23.67
2 Britta Steffen 23.73
3 Cate Campbell 23.84
4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 23.85
5 Therese Alshammar 23.88
6 Marleen Veldhuis 23.96
6 Fran Halsall 23.96
8 Libby Trickett 23.97
8 Simone Manuel 23.97
10 Pernille Blume 24.00

FASTEST PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME: WOMEN’S 50 FREE

1 Sarah Sjostrom 23.67
2 Sarah Sjostrom 23.69
3 Britta Steffen 23.73
4 Sarah Sjostrom 23.83
5 Cate Campbell 23.84
6 Sarah Sjostrom 23.85
7 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 23.85
8 Sarah Sjostrom 23.87
9 Therese Alshammar 23.88
10 Cate Campbell 23.93

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Hswimmer

Glad the 2009 records are starting to go away! Congrats to Simone!!

ALEXANDER POP-OFF

Beautiful race and beautiful photo above.

Swammer

She’s smashed all the barriers for American women’s sprinting. First she broke 53 in the 100 last summer and now she’s under 24 in the 50. Amazing!

target

and she broke 46 in the 100yd free this spring at NCAAs

Joe

She will likely break 52 in the 100 one day aswell. Hats off to her, she’s gone from very promising to a star.

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