Simone Manuel simply turned the first black American girl to win a person gold medal in swimming after tying with Canadian Penny Oleksiak within the girls’s 100 meter freestyle and setting an Olympic file within the course of.
Oleksiak and Manuel completed at 52.70 seconds, each touching the wall on the similar rattling time. Manuel pulled forward of Australian favourite Cate Campbell in the previous couple of meters, snatching the gold and making historical past.
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Manuel was very emotional in a submit-race interview, saying “This medal’s not only for me, however for a complete bunch of people that got here earlier than.” Hmm. Whereas everybody’s been speaking about Shmichael Melps the merman, Simone Manuel did the rattling factor and gained.
“It’s positively been a protracted journey these previous 4 years, and I’m simply so blessed to have the gold medal,” she stated, earlier than dissolving into tears of shock and what I assume was an indescribable quantity of pleasure.
That is the primary gold for the US on this occasion since 1984.