Simone Manuel First Black American Female Swimmer to Win a Gold Medal

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Simone Manuel becomes the first African-American female to win a gold medal in swimming. Manuel of the United States tied for the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, upsetting world-record holder Cate Campbell.  

Manuel with her fingernails painted red, white and blue touched the wall at the same time as 16-year old Penny Oleksiak of Canada, the youngest swimmer in the field.

Manuel broke down in tears when she recognized her historic achievement. All I can say is all glory to God,” Manuel told NBC. “It’s definitely been a long journey these past four years, and I’m just so blessed to have the gold medal.”

“I definitely think it raises some awareness and will get them inspired,” Manuel, 20, said about the significance of her accomplishment. “I mean, the gold medal wasn’t just for me. It was for people that came before me and inspired me to stay in the sport. For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it. This medal is not just for me, it’s for a whole bunch of people who have came before me, and been an inspiration to me and it’s for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it. I want to be an inspiration to them that they can do it.”

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