Sugar Land’s Simone Manuel wins Olympic bronze as part of U.S. 4X100 freestyle relay

OMAHA, NEBRASKA - JUNE 20: Simone Manuel of the United States reacts after competing in the Women's 50m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - JUNE 20: Simone Manuel of the United States reacts after competing in the Women's 50m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

Sugar Land’s Simone Manuel is stacking up the Olympic hardware.

The Fort Bend Austin High School graduate won bronze while anchoring the 4X100 freestyle relay, which took place Sunday morning in Tokyo (Saturday night in America).

Australia won the gold, while Canada grabbed the silver by narrowly edging an American squad of Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil, Natalie Hinds, and Manuel.

Manuel will also be competing in the 50-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics. Her bronze won Saturday night adds on to the two golds and two silvers she won at the 2016 Olympics.

Manuel’s efforts were part of a 6-medal night for Team USA Swimming in Tokyo that included one gold, two silvers, and three bronze medals.


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