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Simone Manuel reacts to historic gold medal win at Rio Olympics

It was a historic night for Team USA swimmer Simone Manuel.

In case you missed it, Simone Manuel made history Thursday night by becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic swimming event.

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 sinceNancy 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.

In 2012, Brooklyn native Lia Neal won a bronze medal during the women’s 4x100 relay race at the London Olympics.

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 case you missed the race:

After the race, Manuel expressed her feelings and shared with everyone the significance of her Olympic victory.

Simone Manuel at the gold medal ceremony:

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