Simone Manuel Breaks World Record In Budapest

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Twenty-year-old American swimmer, Simone Manuel from Sugar Land, Texas added another gold to her growing medal collection by winning in 52.27 seconds in the event at the FINA World Championships in Budapest earlier this week.

Manuel never medaled in the event at Worlds before but set a new American record as of Friday, July 26, according to eurweb.com. “I always think I have a shot, it’s kind of been ingrained in me with [having] my two older brothers and just always wanting to keep up with somebody, “Manuel said.

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The Olympic 100m co-gold medalist beat world record holder, Sarah Sjöström’s time. After the win, Manuel’s reaction was as humble as can be. She simply looked up at the results a few times and hugged her opponents.

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Simone posses such a humble spirit. She definitely deserves kudos for her record breaking performance. Swimming is not a predominately African American women’s sport, but with young women like Simone Manuel, little girls around the world, especially little girls of color, have someone to help them visualize that they can be great at whatever sport they want. Great enough to win Olympic gold medals. Way to Go Simone! 

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