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Simone Manuel, first African-American Olympic gold medalist 

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel Biography

Simone Manuel

Manuel Simone swimming.[Sports.yahoo.com]

Simone Manuel is a 24 years old American competition swimmer. Her full name is Simone Ashley Manuel. She was born on 2nd August 1996, in Sugar Land, Texas, United States.

Simone’s parents are Sharron Manuel and Marc Manuel. She as well has two siblings dubbed Ryan Manuel and Chris Manuel.

She has a height of 1.8 meters.

Simone is a swimmer that specializes in sprint freestyle. Manuel has been a special force to reckon with when it comes to swimming. Her talent is recognized and celebrated globally.

At her age, she has been a bib inspiration and motivation to all aspiring swimmers. She has bagged several achievements out of her prowess in swimming. The United States is surely proud of the daughter of the soil.

Simone Manuel is both a gold and silver medalist. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won two gold and two silver medals. That was a record broken, having won four medals at a single Olympics season.

The gold medals were for the 100-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley. The silver medals were for the 50-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Undoubtedly, Manuel is a big talent force. She became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming. She also is the first to set an Olympic record and an American record.

That was as a result of winning the 100-meter freestyle, tying with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak.

Nevertheless, Manuel also holds three world records as a member of a relay team. She is a six-time individual NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships champion.

Therefore, she became one of the first three African American women to place in the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle event in any Division I NCAA Swimming Championship.

Having begun swimming at the university level, Manuel swam for the Stanford Cardinal. That was from the year 2014 to 2018. The swimming sensation helped Stanford win the NCAA team championship in women’s swimming and diving in 2017 and 2018.

Simone turned pro in July year 2018.

Professional career

In 2015, the swimming icon won her first two individual NCAA championships. She won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Thus, she set an NCAA, American, U.S Open Championship and a Pool record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.09.

Additionally, Simone Manuel competed in the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. She placed fourth in the 4×100 medley relay, sixth in the 100-meter freestyle and eighth in the 50-meter freestyle.

As a senior, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s best female swimmer as well as the Honda Cup for the best overall female collegiate athlete.

In the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, Manuel took part and made a positive impact. She placed second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and seventh in the 200-meter freestyle.

Her position in the 50- and 100-meter events is what qualified her to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She won a silver medal as part of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay along with other swimming stars. They included Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer, and Katie Ledecky.

On to her career progress, Simone made more and more achievements. At the 2017 US Nationals, Manuel qualified for the World Championships in Budapest. There, she won the 50-meter freestyle. That was with a time of 24.27,

Additionally, Simone touched second in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.05.

On the first day of the World Championships, Manuel anchored the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay to a gold medal. That was a win alongside Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell and Katie Ledecky.

She split a very fast 52.14 to anchor the team to a new American record time of 3:31.72. Manuel picked up her second gold of the meet when she anchored the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay with a split of 52.17.

Simone Manuel net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the competitive swimmer has an estimated net worth of $3 million. That is purely from his swimming career and other prizes.

Simone Manuel salary

The swimming starlet’s salary is currently not revealed. However, reliable sources record that her salary is under review.

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel. [Credit/swimswam.com]

Simone Manuel endorsements

Many Olympians have had various endorsement deals from various brands. Simone reportedly has a suit deal with TYR, which is for performance swim gear and accessories.

Additionally, she has a signed agreement with Nike, a footwear and apparel brand.

Simone Manuel family

As she has chosen to maintain her relationship life private, it is hard to tell if Simone is married or not.

Simone Manuel foundation and charity work

Manuel is part of the USA Swimming Foundation, which mainly involves learning how to swim charity.

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