Simone Manuel makes history at the Olympics

Simone Manuel
Cardinal swimmer Simone Manuel made history at the Rio Olympics when she won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle.

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.

She was interviewed on the Today show Monday morning. In a CNN interview, she discussed her reasons for attending Stanford.

Read more about Manuel on the Stanford Athletics website, as well as the many other Cardinal athletes competing in the Rio Olympics.

Go Cardinal!