Manuel's encore is another gold and another silver medal


Simone Manuel added two more medals Saturday night to cap off her historic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

A rising junior at Stanford, Manuel made history on Thursday as the first African-American woman to medal in an individual swimming event when she won gold in the 100-meter freestyle.

On the final night of swimming in Rio, Manuel won a silver in the 50-meter freestyle and then helped the United States 400-meter medley relay team to gold. She also earned silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay and leaves Brazil with four medals.

In all, Stanford swimmers accumulated a program-record 14 medals at the Rio Olympic Games. That total surpassed the 11 podium results from the 1992 Games in Barcelona. The Cardinal's eight gold medals topped the program's record of seven from 1996 in Atlanta.

Entering these Games, only four Stanford affiliates had won four medals in a single Olympics. Three Cardinal achieved that feat in Rio as Maya DiRado and Manuel matched it, and Ledecky surpassed it. The trio joined Jenny Thompson (2000), Summer Sanders (1992), Sharon Stouder Clark (1964) and Chris von Saltza Olmstead (1960) in the Cardinal history books.

In the first event on Saturday night, Manuel tapped the wall at 24.09 -- just .02 behind Denmark's Pernille Blume. Less than an hour later, Manuel anchored the medley relay team. She stopped the clock at 3:53.13 to best Australia and China by nearly two full seconds. The victory also marked the 1,000th gold medal in U.S. Olympic history.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Why is it becoming increasingly impossible to open a restaurant on the Peninsula?
By Elena Kadvany | 27 comments | 4,940 views

Firing Judge Persky as a tennis coach was a big mistake
By Diana Diamond | 23 comments | 2,755 views

Electric Buses: A case study
By Sherry Listgarten | 2 comments | 2,120 views

It just takes time
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 506 views

Helping Partners Become Couples (vs. Helping Couples Become Partners)
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 273 views



On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Register now