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Simone Manuel becomes the first black woman to win an individual Olympic swimming gold
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.
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
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 (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
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 (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
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
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
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 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
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
Manuel leaves the pool after winning the gold and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter freestyle