Swimming: Manuel anchors medley team to 1,000th U.S. gold

Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:10am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. women's 4x100 meters medley relay team to the 1,000th gold medal in her country's summer Olympic history on Saturday, and the second of her career.

Australia won the silver, with Cate Campbell touching out just 0.01 ahead of bronze medalists Denmark.

The United States were the defending champions and Manuel's swim came about 40 minutes after she won silver in the 50 freestyle, an event she called a 'work in progress'.

Had she won that, and she missed out by just 0.02, the landmark gold would have been hers alone but she was happy that was not the case.

"It's really special and the fact that I could do it with the relay is amazing," said the 20-year-old, who leaves Rio with two golds and two silvers after winning the 100 freestyle in a dead-heat with Canada's Penny Oleksiak on Thursday.

"Just sharing that with three other women is the icing on top of the cake ... all of them were pretty special."

The relay win was the 23rd U.S. gold of the Rio Games and, according to the U.S. Olympic committee the 1,000th won by the country in summer competition since triple jumper James Connolly took the first in 1896.

Dana Vollmer, who swam the third butterfly leg for the U.S., was the only one in the race line-up to have also been in the 2012 winning quartet.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Gold medallists Kathleen Baker (USA) of USA, Lilly King (USA) of USA, Dana Vollmer (USA) of USA and Simone Manuel (USA) of USA pose with their medals.   REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler