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Without a doubt the 2016 Rio Olympics was a historic event for African-Americans. Over 28 million people on average witnessed the overload of #BlackGirlMagic daily and if that wasn’t enough, tens of millions streamed the games online, getting an even bigger dose of what black athletes were made of.

The United States' team poses with their gold medals for men's basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The United States’ team poses with their gold medals for men’s basketball.


Brianna Rollins from the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Brianna Rollins from the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics.


U.S. gymnasts, left to right, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman hold their gold medals during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women's team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

U.S. gymnasts, left to right, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman hold their gold medals during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s team.


Check out the individual accomplishments of the black athletes in Rio below.

Simone Manuel: Team USA, Swimming

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The twenty year old, made history on Aug. 11 when she became the first black woman to earn a gold medal in individual swimming.

Simone Biles: Team USA, Gymnastics

United States' Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

She is the only woman to win world championships for three consecutive years.

Daryl D. Homer: Team USA, Fencing

He is the first American (and by default the first African-American) to take home the award in 112 years.

Carmelo Anthony: Team USA, Men’s Basketball

United States' Carmelo Anthony walks off the court following basketball practice at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Melo broke a big record on Aug. 11 when he became America’s all-time leading scorer in basketball in the Olympics.

Rafaela Silva: Team Brazil, Judo

On Aug. 8, Silva won the gold medal in the 57-kilogram division for women’s judo.

Almaz Ayana: Team Ethiopia, Track and Field

The Ethiopian runner set new highs for both the Olympic and world records in the 10,000-meter rac

Ibtihaj Muhammad: Team USA, Fencing

She became the first American athlete to compete while wearing a hijab

Michelle Carter: Team USA, Shot Put

She is the first American woman to win the gold medal in shot put.

Usain Bolt: Team Jamaica, Track & Field

Usain Bolt from Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

He proved he is still the fastest man in the world when he took home the gold medal on Aug. 12 in the 100-meter men’s dash.

Elaine Thompson: Team Jamaica, Track & Field

She took home the gold medal in the women’s 100m race after beating the two-time defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali: Team USA, Track & Field

Gold medal winner Brianna Rollins, right, silver medal winner, Nia Ali, center, and bronze medal winner Kristi Castlin, left, all from the United States, celebrate with their country's flag, during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

These three black women made a historic win on Aug. 17 when they took home the top awards at the Women’s 100m Olympic Hurdle.

Claressa Shields: Team USA, Boxing

Claressa broke barriers in boxing when she was crowned as a two-time gold medal Olympic champion on Aug. 21.

Allyson Felix: Team USA, Track & Field

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Allyson Felix is America’s most decorated Olympic runner winning her sixth gold medal in track and field.

Dalilah Muhammad: Team USA, Track & Field

She became the first woman in U.S. history to win the gold medal in the Women’s 400m hurdle.

 


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