33° Good Afternoon
33° Good Afternoon

Rio Olympics: Simone Manuel earns silver medal in 50 meter freestyle

Unites States' Simone Manuel, silver medal winner, reacts

Unites States' Simone Manuel, silver medal winner, reacts during the medal ceremony for the women's 50-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

Pernille Blume of Denmark held off Simone Manuel to capture gold in the 50-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.

After posting the top time in both the preliminaries and the semifinals, Blume came through again in the final Saturday on the final night of swimming. She touched in 24.07 seconds.

Manuel, the American co-gold medalist in the 100 free, settled for silver in 24.09.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earned the bronze in 24.11.

It was another huge disappointment for sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia. They were shut out of an individual medal again, with Cate finishing fifth and Bronte seventh.


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

New York Sports