Simone Manuel won her second straight 100-meter freestyle title at the FINA World Swimming Championships on Friday.  

Relegated to Lane 1 with the slowest qualifying time, the American led all the way and touched first in 52.04 seconds, beating Cate Campbell of Australia by 0.39 seconds.

“Not everybody has a perfect swim every time so I just needed to regroup and put on a good face,” Manuel said. “I’m a veteran on the team, so I have to be able to show a little bit of poise in these hard moments.”

Other results:

Women’s 200m Breaststroke:

  1. GOLD- Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:20.17
  2. SILVER- Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 2:22.52
  3. BRONZE- Sydney Pickrem (CAN), 2:22.90

South Africa’s Chad le Clos reached the Men’s 100m Butterfly final after finishing 2nd behind Hungarian Kristof Milak in the 1st semi-final with a time of 51.40