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Simone Manuel Makes History for Black Women with Gold Medal Win in Rio!

Simone Manuel Makes History for Black Women with Gold Medal Win in Rio!

Simone Manuel gets emotional while celebrating her history-making win at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on Thursday (August 11) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 20-year-old swimmer became the first African-American woman to ever win an individual medal in swimming for the United States!

Simone won the gold medal in a rare tie during the Women’s 100m Freestyle final that night. She tied with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak.

“[This gold] is not just for me it’s for a whole bunch of people who have come before me and have been inspiration to me. It’s for [former relay gold medalist] Cullen [Jones] and for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it. I just want to be an inspiration to others to show that you can do it,” Simone said in a post-race interview (via Fox Sports).

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  • Koos

    her nature is making people proud.

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  • Dee

    i’m proud of u girly.

  • Claire

    Simone Manuel or Biles ?

  • Toni gee

    USA Loves us some Simone!

  • Gabrielle

    AWESOME! Congratulations to her on making history. Im sure she’s overwhelmed.

  • sydney jane

    I was so proud of her! It was also the first time the US won a gold medal in that race in about 30 years, I think, so just another reason to be proud.

  • Michelle Eve

    Congrats to Simone Manuel on her win! The commentators weren’t even talking about her. They are highlighting two sisters and they didn’t even place I think. Congrats USA!

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