Simone Manuel, Penny Oleksiak tie for Olympic gold in 100m freestyle

Manuel, Oleksiak tie for Olympic gold in 100m freestyle

Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak

Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to earn a medal in an individual event in swimming – and it’s gold. She tied Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds in the 100m freestyle.

Manuel is from Sugar Land, Texas.

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Manuel and Oleksiak both made their Olympic debuts in Rio. More notably, they beat out heavy favorites, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell.

It’s the first tie in the 100m freestyle since the 1984 Olympics, where it was a tie between Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who earlier this week earned gold in the 100m butterfly, took the bronze in 52.99.

Manuel’s teammate Abbey Weitzeil finished seventh in 53.30. Manuel and Weitzeil both earned silver medals as part of the 4x100m freestyle on Sunday.

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