Simone Manuel made history at the Summer 2016 Olympic games in Rio in early August. She just became the first African-American woman to compete and dominate an individual event in swimming on August 11th and not only did she tie for the best time with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, but she created a new record for the Olympic books by swimming the women’s 100-meter freestyle in just 52.70 seconds. This is definitely a lady who is going to be remembered for a long time, and it’s a fascinating coincidence that her roommate is another record breaker at this year’s games, American swimmer Katie Ledecky.
The Houston, Texas native began swimming at the young age of five years old and joined her first competitive team at the age of 11 in Sugar Land, Texas. In 2013 she competed in the World Aquatics Championships that happened in Barcelona where she got 2nd place in the 50-meter freestyle and 3rd place in the 100-meter freestyle. Manual qualified for this summer’s Olympics in 2015 and became one of the first three ever African-American women to get in the top three of the 100-meter event. So far in Rio, the 20 year old has earned a silver medal and tied for a gold medal in two separate events.
It’s been a great first week for the USA at the 2016 Olympic Rio games, as the Americans have claimed more medals than any other country with a total of 38 so far. It’s fantastic that there’s been yet another record breaker this month too, and Manual will be going down into history for sure.
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