More gold, more records for Stanford Olympian Manuel


Stanford senior and Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel completed the FINA World Championships in Budapest on Sunday with yet another world record and an American record.

In all, Manuel returns to the United States with six medals after being part in the 4x100-meter medley relay team that set a world record in 3:51.55, surpassing the 3:52.05 the Americans swam at the 2012 London Olympics.

She also placed third in the 50-meter free with an American record 23.97, becoming the first American to medal in the event since Amy Van Dyken raced to a gold medal in 1998.

Her final tally is five gold medals, a bronze medal, three world records and a pair of American records.

The trio of Stanford swimmers, which also included Lia Neal and Katie Ledecky, accumulated a combined haul of 12 gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal.

It's the kind of dominance the Cardinal showed in winning the NCAA championship in the spring, its first national title since 1998.

Kathleen Baker, Lilly King and Kelsi Worrell joined Manuel on the medley relay in earning the third straight world championship title in addition to gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Every day we wanted to make a statement,” Worrel said. “Of course we wanted to finish with a bang, and no better way to do that than with a gold and a world record.”

Caeleb Dressel joined Michael Phelps (2007) as the only swimmers to win seven gold medals at a single world championship. He was the obvious choice for Male Swimmer of the Meet. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom was named Female Swimmer of the Meet.

King won four gold medals and set four world records in Budapest. She won as part of the 4x100 medley relay and set a world record in winning the 50-meter breast on Sunday. In addition, she also won gold and set a world record in the 100-meter breast and the mixed 400-meter medley relay.

“I did what I came here to do, and luckily I was able to finish the meet – which is something I had trouble doing in the past – and get those two world records and get those golds,” King said. “It was great because I had the girls with me that last race. It wasn’t just me tonight, and I’m thankful I had them there for that.”

Team USA won 38 medals overall, including 18 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze. The U.S. also won seven of the eight relays.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA swimming

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