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Women’s 400 Free Relay FINAL: Simone Manuel Holds off 400 Free Relay Anchors for USA Gold

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The 2017 FINA World Championship was held in Budapest, Hungary. USA swimmer, Simone Manuel, proved her gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro wasn’t a fluke. Manuel added another gold medal to her collection of medals when she set a new American record of 52.27 seconds, winning the event at the FINA World Championships.

Manuel, who has never medaled at worlds before, beat the reigning record holder again- Sarah Sjöström of Sweden. On the first day, Sjöström set the world record leading off the freestyle relay leading viewers to believe that she was going to win the 100 meter freestyle final.

During the race, Sjöström was quick to lead when she made the flip, while Manuel was one of the front-runners for silver. Sjöström was on track to break her world record pace of 24.75, but on the last 25 Manuel did the unthinkable. Manuel passed her opponent by just four-hundredths of a second, setting a new American record with her time of 52.27.

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