This is a major moment is sports, but the way NBC played it, you would have missed it (I did, and I watched most of last night’s coverage). Here’s why:
With her victory in the 100-meter freestyle, she became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
The 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada at the Rio Games on Thursday night.
And why has it taken so long for a black woman to win an Olympic swimming medal? Time for a history lesson (click on image below):