Simone Manuel Makes History As The First Black Woman To Win Gold In Olympic Swimming! Watch Her Tearful Medal Ceremony!
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However, Team USA just got a little brighter thanks to Simone Manuel's gold medal in the 100m freestyle in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night!
But as if winning first place in a final wasn't impressive enough, the 20-year-old just became the first black woman to ever win a gold medal in Olympic swimming!
Simone tied with Canada's Penny Oleksiak with the Olympic Record of 52.70 — only the second tie in the history of the sport at the Games — which will pair nicely with the silver medal she won earlier in the week in the 4×100m freestyle relay alongside Katie, Abbey Weitzeil, and Dana Vollmer.
Way to slay, Simone!
Ch-ch-check out her race AND her emotional medal ceremony (below)!