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History made as two African American women make the Olympic swimming team together

MAKING HISTORY: Simone Manuel and Lia Neal

MAKING HISTORY: Simone Manuel and Lia Neal

HISTORY WILL be made at the upcoming Rio Olympics after two African Americans qualified for the USA swimming team.

Simone Manuel and Lia Neal, who both study at Standford, made history at the Olympic trials in Omaha at the weekend.

Four years ago, Manuel was an up-and-comer in U.S. swimming and made it to the trials in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles.

She admitted then to being “scared” as she looked into the stands before her races. She ranked 17th in the 100 and 20th in the 50.

Since then, Manuel has become an NCAA champion at Stanford and entered these trials as one of the favorites.

Lia, who specialises in freestyle events and made debut in the 2012 Summer Olympics winning bronze, wrote on Twitter: “I’m a two-time Olympian and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, coaches, and friends. I am thankful beyond words.”

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