ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – History is arguably made in every second of competition in the Olympics, but two US swimmers went above and beyond, Thursday night.
Michael Phelps entered the water with 12 career, individual gold medals. Then, he won the 200M individual medley, for the fourth straight time at an Olympic competition.
Gold medal No. 13 for Phelps gave him the most individual Olympic gold medals, ever. The title was stolen from Leonidas of Rhodes, who won the last three of his 12 gold medals in 152 B.C. He was a sprinter, and possibly the best of all-time.
His final win was in a shield-carrying race. A competition where athletes would wear a shield, helmet, or sometimes full armor during a 400- or 800-meter race, states a researcher of ancient Olympic history.
Phelps won his first gold medal in the 400M individual medley at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His final event of the 2016 Rio Olympics will be the 100M butterfly, Friday night.
Breaking a 2,000-year-old record is one thing, but being the first ever in something is another. Simone Manuel is the first African-American to win an individual swimming gold medal at an Olympics.
Her time of 52.70 in the 100M freestyle is a new Olympic record, but she shared the gold medal with Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak. The initial call on television showed Manuel as the outright winner, but wall-technology had the two touching simultaneously.
Most people on social media were in awe of what Manuel and Phelps had accomplished:
But one news outlet, Mercury News, which covers the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area news, had one very regrettable headline about the evening of competition.
The tweet and headline which has since been deleted read: ‘Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American’
Twitter was quick to point out the admission of Manuel’s name in the headline and instead using only her race to identify her.
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