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
- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
It was a historic women’s 100m freestyle in Rio on Thursday night, as American Simone Manuel and Canadian Penny Oleksiak tied for the gold medal. Watch the action unfold in the video linked below, then read through our analysis to try to comprehend what just happened.
As originally reported by Mitch Bowmile:
WOMEN’S 100M FREESTYLE FINAL
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Top Seed: 52.71 – Cate Campbell – Australia
World Record: 52.06 (2016) – Cate Campbell – Australia
JR World Record: 52.72 – Penny Oleksiak – Canada
Olympic Record: 52.71 (2016) – Cate Campbell – Australia
2012 Olympic Champion: 53.00 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands
Cate Campbell of Australia was out fast, turning under world record pace at the 50-meter mark as the entire field turned for home tightly bunched behind her. Oleksiak turned seventh at the 50, well behind but began to charge out in front with Manuel of the United States.
Also with the front pack was Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. With 25-meters to go Oleksiak and Manuel began to move forward as Manuel was clearly in the lead. With a huge last 15-meters, Oleksiak began to surge forward, touching the wall simultaneously with Manuel in 52.70.
Oleksiak and Manuel both broke the Olympic record, and Oleksiak broke her own world junior record and Canadian record. Oleksiak’s gold also makes her the first Canadian swimmer to ever win four medals at one Olympic Games.
Sjostrom finished third in 52.99. Campbell faded to sixth in 53.24.