First African-American Wins Gold in Swimming
The first African-American swimmer tied for gold in the women’s 100m Freestyle at the 2016 Rio games. 1984 was the last Olympics that anyone tied in the same swim style. Simone Manuel also earned a silver in the women’s 4X100m freestyle relay. Before the Olympics, Manuel won two NCAA individual medals for the 50m and 100m freestyle as part of the Stanford Cardinal women’s team. In 2015 Manuel and two other African-American women made history at the NCAA competition, winning all three top spots. The other two swimmers were Natalie Hinds and Lia Neal.