Stanford's Manuel grabs her own gold, Olympic record


Simone Manuel burst into tears, and so did many Americans when the Stanford swimmer made Olympic history on Thursday night as the first African-American woman to win an individual medal in swimming. It also happened to be gold.

Manuel, who is a rising junior on The Farm, set an Olympic and American record to tie for the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle. The Sugar Land, Texas, native stopped the clock at 52.70 -- simultaneously with Canada's Penny Oleksiak.

Maya DiRado.
"It means a lot [to be the first black woman to earn gold in the pool," Manuel said. "I mean, this medal is not just for me. It's for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. Maritza [Correia, Cullen [Jones, and it's for all the people after me, who believe they can't do it. And I just want to be inspiration to others that you can do it."

The seven-time All-American at Stanford is competing in her first Olympics, and also earned silver as a member of the USA's 400-meter freestyle relay team.

Manuel qualified for the 100 free finals on Wednesday when she was second overall in the prelims with a time of 53.32, and then finished first in the semifinals at 53.11.

Incoming Cardinal freshman Katie Ledecky set an Olympic record in the prelims of the women's 800 free Thursday, turning in a time of 8:12.86.

That's just the eighth-fastest time she's ever swam in the event.

Ledecky holds all 10 of the top 10 all-time performances in the 800 free and seems to be on the verge of winning it again in the championship final on Friday.

If it happens, Ledecky will become the first swimmer to win the 200, 400 and 800 free races in the same Olympics in 48 years.

She's already won four medals so far this week in Rio, including three gold and one silver.

Stanford grad Maya DiRado, meanwhile, took the third best time (2:08.60) from the 200 back prelims into the semifinals and reinforced that in the semis. The finals are also Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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on Aug 12, 2016 at 10:40 am

The Mercury-News makes international news in their coverage of Simone Manuel's victory: Web Link

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Great work!

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