Simone Manuel Becomes First Black Woman To Earn A Medal In Women’s Individual Swimming


Simone Manuel did not come to play with you.

The 20 year old Houston, TX native made history Thursday (August 11) by becoming the first African-American woman to earn a medal in women’s individual swimming, tying with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak.

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Manuel took home the gold in a astonishing record time of  52.70 seconds in the 100m freestyle. This is the first tie in this specific relay since 1984.

Twitter did not hold back its excitement and erupted with pride when Manuel won.

Congrats Simone