London Olympics 2012: Mexican-American runner Leo Manzano wins silver, makes Latinos proud
Okay, I admit it: I'm not a big watcher of the Olympics. There have been some amazing stories to come out of London Olympics 2012, though: half-Cuban Ryan Lochte winning the first gold medal for Team USA, Mexican-American Marlen Esparza becoming the first U.S. woman to win a boxing match, NYC-born Dominican Félix Sánchez winning gold in honor of his abuelita and many, many more. Now there's another incredible story to add to the list: 27-year-old Mexican-born Leo Manzano has just won a silver medal in the men's 1,500-meter run, becoming the first American to win a medal in this event since 1968!
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It's absolutely amazing to me that no American has won a medal in this race since Jim Ryun, who also won a silver back in 1968. I guess it's just not Team USA's event, huh? Now that a Latino has won, though, I am SUPER proud! Plus, not only did he win a medal for the first time in 44 years but, according to NPR, USA Track and Field says that Leo's time is also an American Olympic record. So, WOO HOO! Leo's response?
I'm really excited, so thrilled and so pumped. It was an insane race. It was probably the toughest race physically and mentally that I've ever been in.
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Not only is he an American Latino worthy of plenty of praise (seriously, I still can't believe it's been 44 years since we got a medal in this race!), but he's also celebrating by honoring BOTH of his cultures by wearing "the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag" on the track. And that's DEFINITELY something to be proud of. Congrats, Leo!
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