Simone won a silver medal!
Nope not that Simone, the other one. Manuel. Team USA’s swimmer.
Simone Manuel, 20, was joined by Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer, and Katie Ledecky in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Manuel was the lead-off swimmer and she recorded the fastest time of any one else in the field with 53.36. Not bad for the Olympic rookie. Unfortunately, however, her successful start wasn’t enough to upset the favorited Aussies, who set a new world record –3:30.65 — and won their second consecutive gold medal in this event. Despite a second-place finish, the Stanford swimmer and her teammates have tons to celebrate, though. Their collective time of 3:31:89 is a new American best, shattering the team’s previous record by nearly half a second.
Manuel’s teammate Lia Neal competed in the preliminary heats but her time didn’t qualify her for the final. As of now, it appears her Olympic run has ended. Meanwhile, Manuel is scheduled to compete in the 100m freestyle heats on Wednesday, August 10.
In other Black Girl Magic news…
- On Saturday, Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round. She will not take home an individual gold but is favorited to win a gold medal playing alongside her sister Serena in the doubles event. They take the court together today.
- Another Stanford athlete put on for her team. Team USA volleyball player Foluke Akinradewo, 28, recorded 10 points — the team’s 3rd best contribution in the team’s preliminary 25-17 victory over Puerto Rico. This is Akinradewo’s second Olympic games. She won a silver medal in 2012, but is focused on capturing the gold, in what is possibly her final Olympic Games.
Team USA’s next volleyball match is Monday against the Netherlands.
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