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Review: Simone Manuel wins 1st place in women’s 100 meter freestyle (Includes interview)

Simone Manuel - Markos Papadatos
Simone Manuel - Markos Papadatos

This TYR Pro Swim Series meet was held at the Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas.

Manuel, who competes for the Alto Swim Club, won first place with a time of 54.62 seconds. Abbey Weitzeil finished in second place clocking 54.68 seconds, while Katie Ledecky came in third with a time of 54.74 seconds. “It’s just nice to be back racing,” Manuel said.

“Whether I win or lose, I am pretty critical about my swims. I got the win, which was nice. I would like to see something a little bit better than that,” she added.

When asked which area she would like to improve upon, Manuel responded, “Definitely going faster. My details were exactly where I wanted them to be, which is something that I have been really focusing on. It is always nice to know that how I’m moving through the race is exactly how I want it to be.”

This was the same event (100 meter freestyle) that Manuel claimed the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, as well as at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Simone Manuel was named “Female Athlete of the Year” at the 2019 Golden Goggle Awards.

To learn more about Simone Manuel, follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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