U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel trained in a backyard pool to get ready for Tokyo Olympics

Star swimmer Simone Manuel enters her first meet in almost a year Thursday at the TYR Pro Series in San Antonio already feeling emotionally exhausted as her Olympic training was extended by the coronavirus pandemic. “It has definitely been pretty difficult training for five years,” said Manuel, who swims at her alma mater Stanford with Katie Ledecky and other world-class swimmers. “It already is hard training for four years. Now doing it for an extra year is difficult on your mind and your body. Especially with this year, mentally it has been draining.” The Tokyo Olympics that were postponed a…

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