By Sharon Robb
July 28, 2017—In front of a packed Duna Arena, American Simone Manuel knocked off world record holder Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden in the 100-meter freestyle with an American record 52.27 Friday at the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Sjostrum took silver in 52.31 and Denmark’s Pernille Blume in 52.69.
On Day 6 of the swimming competition, Manuel became the first American to win the world title in the event since Jenny Thompson in 1998.
“I always think I have a shot,” Manuel said. “It’s kind of been ingrained in me having two older brothers and just always wanting to keep up with somebody.”
Russia had a breakout night winning three out of five gold medals awarded on Friday.
Russia won both the men’s and women’s 200-meter breaststroke. Anton Chupkov broke the meet record in 2:06.96.
Yulia Efimova topped the women’s breaststroke field in 2:19.64 far outdistancing Bethany Galat in 2:21.77.
Evgeny Rylov won the 200-meter backstroke after knocking off Bolles alum Ryan Murphy in 1:53.61. It was his biggest career victory after finishing third at the 2015 worlds and third at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Murphy took silver in 1:54.21. U.S. teammate Jacob Pebley was third in 1:55.06.
Great Britain repeated as world champions in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The Brits led by a strong anchor leg by James Guy won in 7:01.70. Russia took silver in 7:02.68 and young U.S. team settled for the bronze in 7:03.18.
The U.S. women’s team defended its title with a 13-6 victory over Spain for the gold medal and fifth world title. Kiley Neushul scored a game-high four goals for the U.S. Neushul was named MVP of the finals and Maddie Musselman was selected MVP of the tournament. Russia overpowered Canada, 11-9, for the bronze medal. Hungary defeated Italy, 10-8, for fifth place and Greece downed Australia, 8-6, for seventh place.
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