2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Rio Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
On day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Team USA’s Simone Manuel made history in the women’s 100 freestyle final. Manuel pulled off a huge upset, earning the gold in the women’s 100 free while becoming the first American woman to break 53 seconds in the process.
In a stunning twist, Manuel set a new American Record with a 52.70 that put her in a tie for 1st place with Canadian standout Penny Oleksiak, and took down the previous mark of 53.02 set by Amanda Weir at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. That time places Manuel and Oleksiak as the 7th fastest 100 meter freestylers in history.
|Swimmer||1st 50||2nd 50||Final Time|
|Simone Manuel||25.24||27.46||52.70 AR|
After flipping 3rd at the 50 in 25.24, Manuel ran down Australia’s Cate Campbell, the heavy favorite who had the early lead at the 50, and held off a charging Oleksiak down the stretch. She’s now a two-time Olympic medalist, adding to her silver from the women’s 4×100 free relay. Still to come in her schedule is the women’s 50 free and women’s 4×100 medley relay, which will both be swum in prelims tomorrow morning.