It’s official: The 2016 Rio Olympic Games have claimed their seat in pitch-black history.

For some pitch-black Olympian this year, the road to Rio has been a tumultuous one. But these athletes, like many others, have sacrificed sweat, blood and tears to make recognise jubilation. They’ve demolished the peculiars, separated roadblocks and organize registers in their travel to success many of which have earned them prestigious gold medals, some even in primarily lily-white sports, like swimming.

It’s time, then, to get acquainted with these stupendous pitch-black athletes and all they’ve attained at this year’s Olympic Tournament.

Simone Manuel: Team USA, Swimming

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Gold medalist USA’s Simone Manuel celebrates her historic prevail at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tournament.