Simone Manuel makes history at the Olympics
Junior SIMONE MANUEL made Olympic history in Rio when she became the first African-American woman to win an individual medal in swimming.
Manuel set an Olympic and American record to tie for the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle.
“It means a lot [to be the first black woman to earn gold in the pool],” Manuel said after the race. “I mean, this medal is not just for me. It’s for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. Maritza [Correia], Cullen [Jones], and it’s for all the people after me, who believe they can’t do it. And I just want to be inspiration to others that you can do it.”
She also won three more medals at the games, including a second gold over the weekend when she anchored the 400-meter medley relay. The victory earned Team USA its 1,000 gold medal.