Simone Manuel Makes History At The 2016 Olympics In Rio
Team USA swimmer Simone Manuel has made history while competing at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio according to New York Times:
Simone Manuel, who is sharing a room with Ledecky in the athletes’ village here, became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming on Thursday night. She and Penny Oleksiak Canada tied for the fastest time, an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds.
“I definitely think it raises some awareness and will get them inspired,” Manuel, 20, said about the significance her accomplishment. “I mean, the gold medal wasn’t just for me. It was for people that came before me and inspired me to stay in the sport. For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it.”
Manuel and Oleksiak shaved 0.01 seconds f the Olympic standard 52.71, set earlier in the Rio Games meet by Australia’s Cate Campbell. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the bronze in 52.99.
The last time an American won gold in the event was 1984, when Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer also tied and shared the gold medal with a time 55.92 seconds.
A shady zzz California newspaper tried to steal Simone’s shine by writing this out pocked headline about the historic moment:
They later apologized:
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