Simone Manuel scores Gold winning the world 100m freestyle title Friday in Budapest, beating out world record-holder Sarah Sjöström in a record 52.27 seconds setting a new American record.
All glory to God! So humbled and grateful to represent the USA doing what I love the most. Thanks for all the support! Budapest was a dream! pic.twitter.com/8znERF75dh
— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) July 30, 2017
“I always think I have a shot,” the 20-year-old swimmer said. “It’s kind of been ingrained in me with [having] my two older brothers and just always wanting to keep up with somebody.”
Manuel made history last August when she became the first black women to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic swimming event. She tied for first place with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.
Following her win, she told NBC that she hoped her victory would help inspire the future generation of swimmers.
“It means a lot. This medal is not just for me. It’s for a whole bunch of people who came before and have been an inspiration to me,” she said. “And it’s for all the people after me who believe they can do it and I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it.”