When it comes to women's sports, many turn a blind eye to their accomplishments. Nevertheless, with the most recent United States Women's National team (USWNT) win at the FIFA World Cup and the noise made at Wimbledon, it's about time we put a little respeck on the names of black women taking their sports by storm.
Here are the 12 black female athletes who are changing their games.
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For 16 years, through Olympics in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, and Rio, African Americans swam under the microscope for their country. With domination in other sports, such as basketball, tennis, and track and field, many African American players went ignored in swimming competitions. Often considered inferior to their Caucasian competitors. At least that was the case until the arrival of Simone Manuel in the 2016 Olympic games. Winning two golds and two silvers in the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming and set an Olympic record and American record in the competition.
Currently holding three world records as a member of the relay team, Manuel is a six-time individual NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships champion, Manuel shows that she is looking to stop any time soon.