Gymnastics: Comaneci hails perfect 10 from Biles

After preparation that took a lifetime, Manuel thus became a role model in less than a minute.

Hopefully, you get it now.

"This medal is not just for me".

"I hope that I can be an inspiration for others, so this medal is for the people who come behind me".

"My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church. They might be pretty good at it".

Yet the photograph she posted with Simone Manuel on Friday likely has more significance than most, for two athletes who made their mark on the Games just hours apart and delighted the nation in the process. Australia's Cate Campbell was the top seed, the world-record holder - indeed, swimmer of six of the eight fastest times in history - who swam the anchor leg of the Aussies' gold-medal winning 4x100 relay team earlier in the meet.

When she stepped on the floor on Thursday afternoon in Rio, it was for herself.

Manuel, a 20-year-old from Sugar Land, Texas, hadn't come here expecting such a performance. Over the next few weeks, her and the rest of the team will be making the talk-show rounds and everyone is going to want a piece of them.

"The title "black swimmer" makes it seem like I am not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, I am not supposed to be able to break the Olympic record", she said, "and that is not true".

The American led Mustafina by 1.533 going into the final floor rotation on which she is the reigning three-time world champion.

Manuel says she's attempted to take "the weight of the black community off my shoulders" so she could swim her best. I was last to go and I had calculated the exact score I needed to win the gold. When she became the first black gymnastics world champion in 2013, Carlotta Ferlito, an Italian gymnast, told a journalist that she had joked with a friend that they should "also paint our skin black, so then we could win, too".

The usually bubbly teenager was overcome with emotion that finally-finally!-her Olympic moment had arrived.

"I'm an awesome 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". Between her results across the four all-around apparatuses and the last few years tearing through worldwide gymnastics competitions, Biles is operating on a level in her sport equaled only by the world's best across all athletics. She wasn't expected to win that year's national title, her first as a senior. Doing so resulted in their gold and bronze medals being revoked.

But from there, the Campbells inexplicably fell off. Cate's last 50 was 28.47 seconds, and she finished sixth. And here came Manuel and Oleksiak.



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