WATCH: Simone Manuel Takes Down Sjöström For 100m Free Gold (52.27)

2017 FINA World Championships

July 23-30, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Dagály Aquatics Arena

Women 100m Freestyle -- FINAL
World Record: 51.71 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2017
Championship Record: 51.71 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2017
World Junior Record: 52.70 -- Penny Oleksiak (CAN), 2016
American Record: 52.27 -- Simone Manuel (USA), 2017

1.) Simone Manuel (USA) -- 52.27 (American Record)
2.) Sarah Sjöström (SWE) -- 52.31
3.) Pernille Blume (DEN) -- 52.69
4.) Mallory Comerford (USA) -- 52.77
5.) Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) -- 52.78
6.) Penny Oleksiak (CAN) -- 52.94
7.) Bronte Campbell (AUS) -- 53.18
8.) Emma McKeon (AUS) -- 53.21

​Sarah Sjöström​ of Sweden -- the 100m world-record holder and first woman ever under 52 seconds -- took this race out in a blazing-fast 24.75, 0.08 under her own WR pace. ​Pernille Blume ​of Denmark flipped second in 25.06 and ​Simone Manuel ​of the United States -- the 2016 Olympic gold medalist -- flipped third in 25.21. Manuel played this race smart -- sitting on the left side of the lane line the first 50 meters and catching a draft off Sjöström. On the second 50, Manuel shifted into another gear with a blistering 27.06 split -- 0.50 faster than Sjöström's 27.56 and enough to get her hand on the wall first in 52.27 over Sjöström in 52.31. Even though Manuel is the defending Olympic champion, almost everyone had written in Sjöström to take this win, as her best time of 51.71 (from earlier in the meet) was almost a full second faster than Manuel's at the time -- that is until now. Denmark's Blume rounded out the podium for bronze in 52.69.


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