I’m just so blessed to have a gold medal: Simone Manuel

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Simone Manuel (USA) celebrates after the women's 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel

Aug 11, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Simone Manuel (USA) celebrates after the women’s 100m freestyle final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel

USA team continues to shine at the Rio Games, yesterday it was hard not to shed a few happy tears for Simone Manuel, who not only came out on top, but made history.

simone Manuel (left) with Penny Oleksiak (right) at the Rio Olympics, 2016

The Olympic swimmer competed in the 100m freestyle and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada for the gold, with both ladies coming in at a world record time of 52.70. What makes this moment even more memorable is that Manuel’s win made her the first African-American woman to ever medal in an individual swimming event. Congratulations!

“All I can say is all glory to God. It’s definitely been a long journey these past four years. I’m just so blessed to have a gold medal. I’m just so blessed,” an emotional Simone tells NBC News after her race.

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