What Manuel Learned From World Championships: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic swimming star Simone Manuel delivered at the 2019 World Championships. She got off to a slow start, experiencing some hiccups, but, on balance, she more than responded to any doubters.  In this interview she provides insight into what she was thinking throughout the  competition and what she learned.

After the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships, I felt Simone was in a great position to sweep the 50 and 100m freestyle at 2019 Worlds.  I expected dissenting opinions and strong arguments about how that would not happen, but, at the end of the day, Simone is a big-meet swimmer. Big meet swimmers are different. They’re gladiators, and Simone epitomes the concept of the big meet swimmer.


Looking ahead to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games, these predictions are way too earlier, but let’s play the game.  I do want to add that I think Simone could retire today. She’s an icon. She’s accomplished everything you want in a sports career, and winning one more Olympic medal would be an enormous accomplishment, however, I also believe Simone’s got more talent in the tank to reveal.

Simone – 2019 World Championship Results

  • 50m Free – Gold – 24.05
  • 100m Free – Gold – 52.04

I’m going back to my predictions pre-worlds for the U.S. Olympic Trials.  I want to see: 

  • 50m Free – 23.89
  • 100m Free – 51.9

2020 Olympic Games?

I can’t say what it’ll take to win the 2020 Olympics (maybe next spring we can play the predictions games again), but I am banking on Simone being a big meet swimmer. I predict she sweeps the 50 and 100m freestyles in Tokyo.  But who cares what I think!  What do you think?

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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11 months ago

I also hope so

11 months ago

She knows how to get her hand on the wall first when it matters. I think if anyone has a shot at the sweep it’s her.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Blackflag82
11 months ago

That’s the story right there.

Mr Piano
11 months ago

Mel finally gets to gloat about getting more than just Phelps’s 2015 200 fly right lol.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
11 months ago

Braden? Don’t know about that guy, hear he’s pretty smart, funny, and good looking though.

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11 months ago


Reply to  GMM
11 months ago

I mean, of course. Everyone knows that.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
11 months ago

Have we ever seen them both in the same comment section? 🤔😳

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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