Simone Manuel’s season isn’t quite over yet.
After missing out on the 100 free final – the event in which she is the defending Olympic Champion – the sprinter rebounded to qualify for the 50 free final.
There she managed to overcome a stacked field, surging at the finish to place first and secure her spot on the team in a time of 24.29.
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The time is just off of her best of 23.97 set at the 2017 World Championships where she placed third overall. It’s also just off the 24.09 she swam at the 2016 Olympics to earn the silver medal.
Manuel revealed earlier in the week that she has been suffering from overtraining syndrome.
“I definitely think sharing that information allowed me to swim more free,” she said after her victory. “My goal was to make the Olympic team. I’m just so happy to accomplish part of my goal.”
Second to her was Abbey Weitzel, who was the winner of the 100 free, in a time of 24.30. Both Weitzel and Manuel swam this event for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and will do so again in Tokyo.