Simone Manuel, the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming, continues to break records.
This time around, she has become the first woman to take home a whopping seven medals at one single World Championships.
According to SwimSwam.com, on July 26 in Tokyo, Manuel won four golds and three silvers throughout the week, including being the first American woman to win the 50 and 100 freestyle last Sunday. In addition, the 23-year-old Houston native was on the “winning mixed 4×100 medley relay, then took silver on the women’s 4×200 free relay and 4×100 free relay, and mixed 4×100 free relay.”
Despite breaking records, a humble Simone wrote On Twitter: “By no means was this a perfect meet, but that’s okay. I had to bounce back from adversity and trust in God’s plan. Failure isn’t final IF you stay the course and keep fighting. I’m pretty dang proud of myself. All glory to God. Always an honor to be a part of Team USA.”
In an interview with ESPN, Simone stressed that by “being in the water” she is an example to other African-Americans.
“Me being in the water kind of hopefully inspires them to say, ‘Hey, I want to join swim lessons and I want to learn how to swim.”
Congrats Simone! Hope to see you back in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics!
10 Things You Need To Know About Simone Manuel
1. Simone made history this year as the first Black woman to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.Source: 1 of 10
2. The gold medal-winner often wanted to quit swimming because she “always had an issue with not seeing people that looked like me in the sport.”Source: 2 of 10
3. With returning Olympian and fellow Stanford teammate Lia Neal, Rio was the first time two Black women qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team.Source: 3 of 10
4. She started swimming at four-years-old.Source: 4 of 10
5. Simone’s favorite pastime is cooking.Source: 5 of 10
6. The 20-year-old will be a sophomore this fall at Stanford University and is looking to major in communications.Source: 6 of 10
7. As a nod to her effortless abilities once she hits water, her friends named her “Swimone.”Source: 7 of 10
8. Simone took swimming seriously after watching Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Source: 8 of 10
9. Simone has two older brothers, who she calls her best friends. Both were into swimming before her.Source: 9 of 10
10. Simone first tried out for the Olympic team in 2012, but didn’t make the cut until 2016. Timing is key!Source: 10 of 10
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