Simone Manuel Ties For Gold; Becomes First African American Woman To Win Individual Medal In Swimming

by Raheem Karim
Simone Manuel

History has been made at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Team USA’s Simone Manuel tied for gold with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak with a Olympic record time 52.70s in the individual swimmming 100 meter freestyle. She becomes the first African American woman to win a individual medal in the sport.

Australian Cate Campbell and Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom entered the race as the favorites. The field trailed Australian Cate Campbell at the turn, but Manuel and Oleksiak powered by as Campbell faded down the stretch in the final 25 meters.

Simone Manuel, the American world record holder in the event, was filled with tears after the race. She could not believe, barley able to speak at the post race interview.

Simone race on the USA relay team in 4 x 100 earlier in the week helping them win the silver medal.

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