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Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak take joint gold

American Simone Manuel and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak claimed joint gold in a remarkable finish to the women’s 100m freestyle final at the 2016 Olympics.

Manuel, 20, became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal, while Oleksiak, 16, won Canada’s first gold of these Games. Both women finished in 52.70 seconds, a new Olympic record.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom took bronze, with Australian sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell fourth and sixth respectively. The last time two swimmers won joint golds in the Olympics was in 2000 when Americans Gary Hall and Anthony Ervin shared the men’s 50m freestyle title.

Oleksiak, who has also won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and two relay bronze medals in Rio, becomes the first competitor born after 1 January, 2000 to claim an Olympic gold medal in an individual event.