Manuel Shocks The World, Wins 100 Free Gold In American Record Fashion


After setting the world record leading off the 400 free relay on day 1, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was considered a slam dunk to win 100 free gold. Simone Manuel was one of the front-runners for silver, but she did the unthinkable in the final.

Sjostrom was out fast, under world record pace in 24.75, but Manuel began making up ground on the last 25. She closed with every stroke, and at the touch she edged Sjostrom by four one-hundredths of a second, 52.27 to 52.31.

Manuel shatters the American record, which Mallory Comerford set leading off the 400 free relay in 52.59. Manuel’s old record stood at 52.70, which she set winning Olympic gold last summer when she also upset a massive favorite, Aussie Cate Campbell.

Manuel also jumps from 8th to 4th on the all-time top performers list, trailing only Sjostrom, Campbell, and Britta Steffen. It was also the 6th fastest performance in history.

This marks the first U.S. gold in the event since Jenny Thompson won in 1998. This comes just a day after Caeleb Dressel became the first American man to win the title since 2001.

Pernille Blume broke the Danish record for the third consecutive time, clocking 52.69 to win bronze over Comerford (52.77). She makes her way onto the all-time top performers list in 8th.

Top Ten All-Time Performers  – Women’s 100 Free

1 Sarah Sjostrom 51.71
2 Cate Campbell 52.06
3 Britta Steffen 52.07
4 Simone Manuel 52.27
5 Bronte Campbell 52.52
6 Mallory Comerford 52.59
7 Libby Trickett 52.62
8 Pernille Blume 52.69
9 Femke Heemskerk 52.69
10 Penny Oleksiak 52.70

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Not me boo


Didn’t shock me either


When Simone walked out without a smile to the crowd, I knew there was fire in her eyes and sure enough..

Not smiling

Smiling doesn’t win gold medals!!!!!


If I was fastest in a race over 100m by almost a second and some guy walked out smiling… I’d be like “What’s this guy got…” – I bet it does


It’s called focus.


Me either. Simone Manual is a superstar and showed the world…again!

E Gamble

She’s so focused…she probably went into 50 free mode right after that win. And people on here talking about smiles. Ain’t nobody got time to smile…Simone is concentrating on gold medals. ?


Didn’t she just win the Olympics last year in this event haha.


Any stats on the last time the US won the men’s and women’s 100 free? Olympics or WC?


1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia.
Biondi and Nicole Haislett win for the U.S.


Well, right on Dressel and Manuel!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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