Texas-native Simone Manuel, 19, took her place in Olympic history at the Rio 2016 Olympics, becoming the first African-American woman to win gold in swimming after tying with 16-year-old Canadian for the top spot in the 100 freestyle.
She also took home two gold and two silver medals.
When God got you, you can't lose. Beyond blessed and grateful to have represented my country in the best way I know how. I have gone through ups and downs, highs and lows, but I have completely enjoyed this journey. Nothing worth having comes easy, and God never puts more on you than you can bear. Thanks to many for all the support!
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|Women's 4x100m medley relay|
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"All Glory to God. I'm so blessed," she said in an emotional interview after her historic win.
Manuel has consistently given credit to God for her sucess. After qualifying for the Olympics, Manuel wrote about her faith in a Twitter post.
"All glory to God. Isn't he awesome! I am extremely blessed. A long, tough year, but many more good things to come," she said.
Thank you all for the support! pic.twitter.com/nG8bqit4OV
— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) July 4, 2016