Simone Manuel


simon-manuel Simone Manuel after she found out she won.

Simone Manuel (1996- ), an American swimmer, won the gold medal in the women’s 100m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics. That makes her the first Black woman of any nation to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. She also won a silver for the 4x100m freestyle relay.

When she received the gold medal, she cried as they played « The Star-Spangled Banner », the US national song. The BBC showed it live – while NBC back home was showing a tape of Russian gymnasts! The US east coast did not see it till an hour later, after midnight (and after Twitter pointed it out).


Manuel tied with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak. They swam 100 metres in 52.70 seconds, breaking the Olympic record. They both beat Cate Campbell of Australia, who holds the world record in that event and was leading the race at…

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