Thursday was a great day to be named Simone.
Just hours after American gymnast Simone Biles won gold in the all-around, 20-year-old Simone Manuel tied for gold in the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday night, becoming the first African-American female to win an individual swimming medal.
"This medal is not just for me -- it's for a whole bunch of people who came before me and have been an inspiration to me," she said after the race. "And for all the people after me who believe they can't do it, I just want to be an inspiration to others that you can do it."
Manuel finished with an Olympic-record time of 52.70 seconds, tying with 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak. Both outraced Australian Cate Campbell, who came into the event as the favorite.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom won the bronze, finishing in a time of 52.99 seconds.
Manuel won silver on Saturday as part of the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team. She'll also compete in the 50-meter freestyle, starting with heats on Friday afternoon.
"I definitely want to go out there and swim fast for team USA," she said. "Having everybody swim fast makes me want to swim fast, so it's really great to be on such an amazing team."