“It is an honor to represent the USA! God is working in me!” wrote new Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel on Twitter, giving honor to the Lord in her history-making moment.
When the 20-year-old swimmer touched the pool wall at the end of her swimming event in Rio, she set two records.
Manuel, who tied with Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak, set a new Olympic record of 57.20 seconds in the 100-meter swimming freestyle at the Summer Olympics, while simultaneously becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in a swimming event.
She is the epitome of Black Girl Magic.
“My first gold medal, at my first Olympics, is kind of a surprise to me,” Manuel told reporters. “I never thought I would be in this position but I’m so blessed and honored to be on the medal stand.”
The outstanding athlete, who has given the US its first gold in the women’s 100 free since 1984 — when Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer tied—also earned a silver medal with the US women’s team in the 4x100m freestyle race.
“I am so blessed and grateful,” tweeted Manuel, a junior at Stanford University in California, where she is part of the swimming team.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine