Simone Manuel from Houston, Texas has just made HISTORY after winning the gold medal in the 100 freestyle tonight at the Rio Olympics.

The 20-year-old is now the first black female swimmer to win an individual Olympic medal for America.

She tied for the grueling sprint with Canada's 16-year-old phenom Penny Olesiak in an incredible 52.70, beating the favorites, Australia's Cate and Bronte Campbell.

"This medal is not just for me," Simone said after her historic sprint; "it's for everyone who believes they can't do it."


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