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Simone Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship

Simone Manuel becomes the first black woman to win an individual Olympic swimming gold Simone Manuel World Championship

Simone Manuel of the United States looks on following the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay Final day seventeen of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary

Simone Manuel backed up her historic victory at the Olympics with a world championship in the 100-meter freestyle on Friday.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom jumped out to a quick lead and was under her own world-record pace when she made the flip, with Manuel in third.

But the 20-year-old Texan stormed from behind on the return lap, steadily closing the gap until she caught the leader on the very last stroke.

Manuel touched first with a time of 52.27 seconds — edging Sjostrom by just four-hundredths of a second.

Pernille Blume of Denmark grabbed the bronze.

Last summer, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak for the gold in Rio de Janeiro.

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Simone Manuel, 20 becomes first black woman  to win individual Olympic swimming gold in

  • Simone Manuel made history as first US black woman to medal in an individual Olympic swimming event
  • The 20-year-old won gold in the women's 100m freestyle race - setting a new Olympic record in process 
  • Manuel, who came joint first with Canada's Penny Oleksiak, gave USA first gold in the event since 1984 

USA's Simone Manuel has made history as the first black woman in the United States to take home a medal in an individual Olympic swimming event.

And it's a gold in the women's 100m freestyle - an event the US has not won since 1984.

It was an emotional moment for Manuel, 20, who broke down in tears after winning the event - as well as setting a new Olympic record. 

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USA's Simone Manuel (left) has made history as the first black woman in the United States to take home a medal in an individual Olympic swimming event 

USA's Simone Manuel (left) has made history as the first black woman in the United States to take home a medal in an individual Olympic swimming event 

Manuel came first in the women's 100m freestyle - an event the US has not won since 1984 - also becoming the first black woman to take a gold in the event

Manuel came first in the women's 100m freestyle - an event the US has not won since 1984 - also becoming the first black woman to take a gold in the event

Manuel of USA celebrated her joint first place after the women's 100m Freestyle Final race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming

Manuel of USA celebrated her joint first place after the women's 100m Freestyle Final race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming

Manuel (L) came joint first with Canada's Penny Oleksiak (C), who pose with silver medallist Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom on the podium of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Manuel (L) came joint first with Canada's Penny Oleksiak (C), who pose with silver medallist Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom on the podium of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

It was an emotional moment for Manuel, 20, who broke down in tears after winning the event - as well as setting a new Olympic record

It was an emotional moment for Manuel, 20, who broke down in tears after winning the event - as well as setting a new Olympic record

Manuel (L) was congratulated by her teammate, USA's Abbey Weitzeil, after she won the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Manuel (L) was congratulated by her teammate, USA's Abbey Weitzeil, after she won the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Simone Manuel ties for Olympic gold in 100m freestyle

'This medal is not just for me, it's for a whole bunch of people who have come before me and have been an inspiration to me,' Manuel said. 

'And it's for all the people after me who belive you can't do it,' she added, getting emotional as she basked in the glory of victory. 

'I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.'

Manuel tied for first place with Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds. 

The gold medalists, who were both making their Olympic debuts in Rio, beat heavy favorites, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell to victory.

Manuel, who has also won silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, broke into tears after the interview. 

USA's Simone Manuel (R) appeared stunned to learn that she had come joint first with Canada's Penny Oleksiak (pictured with Australia's Bronte Campbell)

USA's Simone Manuel (R) appeared stunned to learn that she had come joint first with Canada's Penny Oleksiak (pictured with Australia's Bronte Campbell)

USA's Simone Manuel (L) was overcome with emotion when the results were announced and she was congratulated by Canada's Penny Oleksiak

USA's Simone Manuel (L) was overcome with emotion when the results were announced and she was congratulated by Canada's Penny Oleksiak

United States' Simone Manuel, left, and Canada's Penny Oleksiak celebrate winning joint gold and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter freestyle

United States' Simone Manuel, left, and Canada's Penny Oleksiak celebrate winning joint gold and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter freestyle

The gold medalists shared a hug in the Olympic pool after they were announced as winners of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

The gold medalists shared a hug in the Olympic pool after they were announced as winners of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

United States' Simone Manuel held up her finger for 'number one' after she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle

United States' Simone Manuel held up her finger for 'number one' after she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle

Manuel came from behind in the race, taking third place at the 50m turn.

She pressed on hard and passed into second place, dueling it out with Oleksiak. 

They touched the finishing line together, down to one hundredth of a second. 

Joint Gold medalist Simone Manuel of USA smiles and hold up her hands in celebration on the podium during the medal ceremony

Joint Gold medalist Simone Manuel of USA smiles and hold up her hands in celebration on the podium during the medal ceremony

Simone Manuel waves the American national flag during the medal ceremony of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Simone Manuel waves the American national flag during the medal ceremony of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Gold medallists USA's Simone Manuel (L) and Canada's Penny Oleksiak show off their gold medals on the podium

Gold medallists USA's Simone Manuel (L) and Canada's Penny Oleksiak show off their gold medals on the podium

Gold medal winners United States' Simone Manuel, left, and Canada's Penny Oleksiak pose with their medal after the medal ceremony for the women's 100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Gold medal winners United States' Simone Manuel, left, the first black American woman to win a medal in women's individual swimming events, bites her gold as she poses with Canada's Penny Oleksiak 

United States' gold medal winner Simone Manuel wipes away her happy tears after she won the event

United States' gold medal winner Simone Manuel wipes away her happy tears after she won the event

USA's Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the women's 100m freestyle at the Rio Olympics

USA's Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the women's 100m freestyle at the Rio Olympics

Simone Manuel of the United States touches the wall to win gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final at the same time as Canada's Penny Oleksiak

Simone Manuel of the United States touches the wall to win gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final at the same time as Canada's Penny Oleksiak

Manuel leaves the pool after winning the gold and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter freestyle

Manuel leaves the pool after winning the gold and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter freestyle


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Comment by Rustydawgg on April 6, 2018 at 11:42am

bless up, bless up

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 31, 2017 at 10:24pm
Nuff respect
Comment by AfricanGoddess on August 14, 2016 at 6:24pm

Congrats to the sistar!

Comment by Dave on August 13, 2016 at 4:17am
Dot perpetuate myths, shatter them.
Comment by Dave on August 13, 2016 at 4:14am
there was a time when not only were black people competent swimmers, they were regarded by many, especially Europeans, as the best swimmers in the world. Writing in journals dating to the 15th century, European explorers speak expansively and eloquently about the aquatic skills of West Africans. 

Not only were West Africans swimming, but they were using a type of crawl stroke that wasn’t adopted by Europeans until the very end of the 19th century. Ironically, during that time and up until the early years of the 20th century, it was the Europeans and white Americans who lacked swimming skills, while so-called primitive peoples were swimming proficiently all around the world, surfing and free diving to depths of 90 feet and more to collect pearls.
Comment by Jerome Rattigan on August 12, 2016 at 4:00pm
Another black sister has done it again...luv mi ppl dem bad
Comment by Vana on August 12, 2016 at 2:06pm

This is why I love the Olympics!  You can't hold back anyone who can perform like this!

Comment by Vana on August 12, 2016 at 2:04pm

Black women can't swim, huh? Olympic Gold says different.

Comment by Ab Gai on August 12, 2016 at 1:58pm
Holy s*** balls!!! so black people thicker bones don't make them sink the water.

CONGRATS GIRL!!! We knew you could do it.
Comment by Jovis Charles on August 12, 2016 at 12:53pm
That was a stunner. Even she could not believe she struck gold. Wonderful!!! God Bless.

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