Black women make history at the 2016 Rio Olympics

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Simone Manuel and Simone Biles broke records by winning gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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As the saying goes sisters are doing it for themselves, we are proud to announce two women who have broken barriers in the spirit of woman’s month. 20-year-old US swimmer, Simone Manuel, became the first African-American woman to score an Olympic gold medal in swimming. She broke down in tears when she recognized her historic achievement – coming up victorious in the 100-meter freestyle. She says that this win helps bring hope and change to some of the racial issues that are going on in the world.

“I went out there and swam as fast as I could and my colour just comes with the territory," Manuel said.

On the other hand US gymnast Simone Biles became the 2016 Rio Olympic all-around champion after a hard-fought competition.  She has been undefeated in the all-around since 2013 and has won three consecutive all-around titles at the world championships. The win was an emotional one for the 19 year old, who was named as one of the best gymnast’s alive heading into the Rio games.

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She won the all-around gold with four almost flawless routines on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. She is now the second African-American woman to win after her teammate Gabby Douglas was the first in 2012.

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