Simone Manuel Is The First Black Woman To Win A Gold Medal In Swimming

Simones are really sweeping the games this year.

By Aimée Lutkin

On Thursday night, Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel made history when she won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle. In a moving ceremony, Manuel wept as she got her prize. She stood beside Canadian Penny Oleksiak, who tied with her when they both hit the wall at 52.70.

Manuel is the first black woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming, and she told NBC afterwards, “I'm just so blessed to have a gold medal...This medal is not just for me. It's for a whole bunch of people who came before me and have been an inspiration to me...It's for all the people after me who believe they can't do it, and I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it." She certainly is inspiring others and everyone is celebrating her.

Serena Williams posted this picture of Manuel and fellow Olympian Simone Biles, who has also been breaking records throughout her Olympic career:

So amazing 😍🇺🇸 #simonemanuel #simonebiles

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on


The two Simones are even out celebrating together:

Go team USA and Go Simones!


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