Manuel, 20, and Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak tied for the fastest time in the women’s 100-meter freestyle competition at 52.70 seconds.
She becomes the first American to win a gold medal in this event since Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer tied for first place in 1984.
Other African-American swimmers have earned gold medals at the Olympics, but were a part of relay teams.
Maritza Correia became the first African-American woman to make it to a U.S. swim team during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She went on to earn a silver medal during the 400-meter relay race.Fellow Olympic gold medal winner (and roommate in Rio) Katie Ledecky expressed how proud she was of her teammate for earning a gold medal.
In 2012, Brooklyn native Lia Neal won a bronze medal during the women’s 4x100 relay race at the London Olympics.