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Mon, 08.14.2000

First Black Olympic Swimmer qualifies

Anthony Ervin

*On this date in 2000, the first African American man made the U.S. Olympic Swimming team.

Anthony Ervin of Valencia, Calif., qualified in the men's 50-meter freestyle. The meet took place at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Indianapolis; Indiana.

Ervin, (then) 19 years old also swam on the 400-meter freestyle relay team at the Sydney Games.

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