Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 800 free, wins gold

by Steven Clarke August 15, 2016, 0:13
Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 800 free, wins gold

Her mother didn't have an answer.

"I want to finish my career how I want to so that's what I'm doing", Phelps said.

Then she'll wonder how we can motivate our two young boys to learn to swim with only one parent as a role model. We already get the stigma of how our hair looks.

"It actually made me feel like I could do things in the future". She had just qualified for the final in the 50-meter freestyle, which before the start of the Games was considered her strongest event.

The U.S.'s first Black swimmer to win a gold medal, Simone Manuel, dedicated her win to ending police brutality on Thursday night.

"I'm an wonderful fan and she's an unbelievable Olympic champion but time will tell if she will become the greatest of all time as it's too early to say that".

I am so proud of @simone_manuel First African American female to get a GOLD medal.

DiRado won her fourth medal of the week.

Historically, segregation and discrimination caused a lack of access to public pools throughout the 1900's and personal pools were unheard of. They read that pools largely were not built in African-American neighborhoods and that in recent times, municipal pools have been increasingly closed.

Taken together, that history puts African-American children at risk.

The USA Swimming Foundation says that 70 percent of Black children can't swim and that they are 3 times as likely to drown as their white counterparts. She scolds me about being too stubborn.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Netherland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo set an Olympic record in the Women's 50m freestyle, posting a blazing time of 24.05.

"It was a great moment, but I still have work to do", Manuel said late Friday night as she walked toward the practice pool at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

"I just wanted to re-focus and move forward from the 100", she said.

"I tried to take the weight of the Black community off my shoulders".

"She told me she would take a year off and go to college". "I hope I'm an inspiration for others to get out there and try swimming".

On Thursday afternoon, 19-year-old gymnast Simone Biles won all-around gold, capping off her four-year run of dominance that included three straight world all-around titles, 14 total world championship medals and four national all-around golds.

Manuel recognizes the significance of her achievement, yet she has never wanted to be defined exclusively by the color of her skin.

"I'm not sure if this will change the perception immediately", Sharron said. It's a kind of pressure that she had to learn to compartmentalize.


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