Despite all her record breaking wins at her first ever Olympics, Oleksiak still isn't done.
Manuel, in fact, had only hoped she'd medaled when she turned to look at the standings.
"This medal is not just for me, it's for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations".
"I'm glad I can be an inspiration to others, but I haven't really thought about how much life has changed yet", Manuel said.
NBC eventually showed the ceremony after midnight, about an hour after Manuel won gold.
The clinic's organizer, Jeffield Jefferson of the city of Houston, now hopes her win will inspire other African-American athletes.
The BBC argues that this is a throwback to the dark days of racial segregation. "It's for some of the African-Americans who have come before me and have been inspirations and mentors to me". Black swimmers got smaller indoor pools if they were lucky.
Of course, it is not just the US that has a diversity problem when it comes to swimming. I'm just so blessed to have a gold medal.
San Jose's Mercury News, unfortunately, saw fit to elide Manuel's win with her race so completely as to omit her name, further overshadowing her accomplishments with those of a well-celebrated white man. She finally did that in semifinals of the 100 here, a 53.11, but even that was just the sixth-best time in the world this year. So fingers crossed, the young swimmer could bring home more hardware for Canada.
"She wants to be seen as an individual who just like everyone else has worked hard to be where she is", Sharron Manuel said. CNN noted that she is the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympic all-around honors.
"That's something I definitely struggled with a lot", she said.
It means a lot to me, especially what's going on in the world today and some of the issues with police brutality. "It's something that I carry but I hope that it goes away", she said. It's not just about her skin color.
It may still be some time before Simone Manuel is simply lauded as "Simone the swimmer" rather than "Simone the black swimmer". When Manuel finally dove in the pool on Friday, it was 11:49 p.m.in Rio de Janeiro.
And her supporters have been active on Twitter, congratulating Manuel on her groundbreaking talent, including her Rio roommate and fellow gold medal victor Katie Ledecky.