Simone Manuel Sets New Record and Takes Home the Gold

Simone Manuel 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) via SwimSwam

Simone Manuel scores Gold winning the world 100m freestyle title Friday in Budapest, beating out world record-holder Sarah Sjöström in a record 52.27 seconds setting a new American record.

 Manuel, who trailed right behind Sjöström until the final 10 meters, told NBC Sports that she never loses faith in herself during a race.

“I always think I have a shot,” the 20-year-old swimmer said. “It’s kind of been ingrained in me with [having] my two older brothers and just always wanting to keep up with somebody.”

Manuel made history last August when she became the first black women to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic swimming event. She tied for first place with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.

Following her win, she told NBC that she hoped her victory would help inspire the future generation of swimmers.

“It means a lot. This medal is not just for me. It’s for a whole bunch of people who came before and have been an inspiration to me,” she said. “And it’s for all the people after me who believe they can do it and I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”

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