Manuel backs up Olympic vic­tory at worlds

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

BU­DAPEST, Hun­gary — Si­mone Manuel backed up her his­toric vic­tory in Rio de Janeiro by ral­ly­ing to beat Swe­den’s world-record holder Sarah Sjostrom in the 100-me­ter freestyle Fri­day.

An­other U.S. Olympic cham­pion came up short in his bid for an in­di­vid­ual gold in Bu­dapest.

Ryan Mur­phy set­tled for sil­ver in the 200 back­stroke be­hind Rus­sia’s Evgeny Rylov, while an­other Amer­i­can, Ja­cob Pe­b­ley, took the bronze.

Mur­phy swept the back­stroke events last sum­mer in Rio, but he hasn’t been quite as sharp in Bu­dapest. He took bronze in the 100 and sim­ply couldn’t catch Rylov in the longer event, the Rus­sian fin­ish­ing in 1 minute, 53.61 sec­ond to beat Mur­phy by a com­fort­able 0.60 sec­onds.

It was a huge night for the Rus­sians, who cap­tured two other in­di­vid­ual golds and grabbed a sil­ver in the men’s 800 free re­lay be­hind Bri­tain.

Yu­lia Efi­mova bested Amer­i­can ri­val Lilly King in the women’s 200 breast­stroke, eas­ing a bit of the st­ing from two sil­vers in Rio and an­other loss to King in the 100 breast at Bu­dapest.

In the men’s 200 breast, An­ton Chup­kov held off a pair of Ja­panese swim­mers to claim the world ti­tle. Ya­suhiro Koseki and Ippei Watan­abe snagged the sil­ver and bronze.

Efi­mova pulled away on the fi­nal lap to win by more than 2 sec­onds over an­other Amer­i­can, Bethany Galat. China’s Shi Jinglin grabbed the bronze over a fad­ing King, who slipped to fourth af­ter set­ting a blis­ter­ing pace early in the race as she al­ways does. Efi­mova’s win­ning time was 2:19.64.

Sjostrom, who set a world record in the 100 free ear­lier in the meet while swim­ming the lead­off leg of the 400 re­lay, jumped out to a quick lead and was un­der her own record pace when she made the flip.

Manuel was lag­ging in third but her wind-milling stroke got stronger and stronger on the re­turn lap. Hug­ging the lane rope to gain some draft­ing help, she steadily closed the gap and lunged for the wall just ahead of Sjostrom.

Manuel touched in 52.27 — edg­ing the Swedish star by just four- hun­dredths of a sec­ond. Pernille Blume of Den­mark picked up the bronze.


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