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.
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.
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) August 12, 2016
I am watching the glorious mermaid Simone Manuel make history. Well done, incredible mermaid.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 12, 2016
You cannot beat a Black Simone here or there. You cannot beat a Black Simone on land, sea, or air. You cannot beat a Black Simone anywhere.
— Nefertiti EdgesKinky (@HeatherPharaoh) August 12, 2016
20 yr old Simone Manuel just became the first black woman to ever medal on an individual event in swimming. We just watched history happen.
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) August 12, 2016