Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the 50 and 100 freestyles at the world swimming championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on Sunday night, becoming the first American woman to achieve the feat. She won four golds and six medals overall in the eight-day competition.
She came back later to anchor the U.S. to an easy victory in the 4×100 medley relay. Regan Smith, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia and Manuel won in 3:50.40, lowering the mark of 3:51.55 set two years ago in Hungary.
Manuel outdid Australia’s Cate Campbell on the final leg, with the Americans winning by 3.02 seconds.
Smith set a world record of 57.57 on her opening 100 backstroke leg. She won the 200 back in world-record time, too, but didn’t qualify in the individual 100 back.
“That really pumped us all up,” Manuel said.
The Aussies settled for silver and Canada took bronze.
In the 50 free, Manuel raced one length of the pool in 24.05.
She held off Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who took silver in 24.07, and Campbell, who earned bronze in 24.11.
In the 100 free, Manuel topped Campbell while Sjostrom finished third.
Manuel’s other medals came in relays: gold in the 4×100 medley and mixed 4×100 free, and silver in the 4×100 free and 4×200 free.
Sjostrom made a mark of her own. She became the first woman to win five medals in individual events at a single worlds. She won the 50 butterfly, silver in the 100 fly and 50 free, and bronze in the 100 free and 200 free, and earned FINA female swimmer of the meet.
Lilly King won the 50 breaststroke, giving the American two victories over Russian rival Yuliya Efimova. King touched in 29.84, the only swimmer under 30 seconds in the final.
They were denied a third meeting when King was disqualified in the heats of the 200 breast for not putting both of her hands on the wall at the same time in a turn.
Benedetta Pilato, a 14-year-old Italian, earned a surprise silver in 30 seconds flat and reacted by crying.
Efimova, who won the 200 and finished second to King in the 100, settled for bronze in 30.15.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary extended her domination of the 400 individual medley, becoming the first woman to win five titles in one event. She swam the four-stroke race in 4:30.39 seconds.
“I wanted to celebrate after the race, but I couldn’t move my arms,” an exhausted Hosszu said.
Ye Shiwen of China took silver, just as she did behind Hosszu in the 200 IM. Yui Ohashi of Japan claimed bronze.