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Puerto Rico Loses It As Monica Puig Wins Island's First-Ever Olympic Gold

"I think I united a nation," the Olympian said.
Puerto Rico celebrated after Monica Puig claimed the island's first-ever Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016.
Puerto Rico celebrated after Monica Puig claimed the island's first-ever Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016.

Puerto Rico erupted in joy after Monica Puig won its first-ever Olympic gold medal Saturday.

Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the Caribbean island after the 22-year-old defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles tennis final at Rio 2016.

I think I united a nation,” Puig, who was ranked 34th in the world, said in an emotional interview following her astonishing performance against the second seed. “And I just love where I come from.”

Watch the interview here:

Celebrities including singer Jennifer Lopez and actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rosie Perez all scrambled to pay heartfelt tribute to Puig on Twitter.

The #PicaPower hashtag also trended worldwide, while multiple videos posted online showed an electric carnival atmosphere erupting in the capital of San Juan and other cities.

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