Thank you. That was exactly my point.
Ethnicity/race/whatever you call it is NOT a factor in running.
you know who was a real drag?
But I guess it's only racist if someone is proud of the accomplishments of white people.
Well said, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone was shocked to learn that I was a sprinter! Usually they say something like 'But that's a black guy's race!' So it's good to see someone at this level break the stereotype just like it was good to see a black QB break through in the NBA. It's more of an American stereotype anyway and like all such things deserves to be consigned to the trashcan. I've run against some great white sprinters, the likes of Alan Wells, and also some great black sprinters, Lee Evans, Steve Riddick and to me it didn't matter what color they were they're just another guy on the track.
I don't think that anyone is taking this as a good thing because a black runner didn't win. And if people are, they're not the ones with enough sense to matter anyway. It is a big deal that he is white and that fast. I'm a white 400m runner from NYC and for years I've stood out for no other reason besides my race. However, there has always seemed to me to be a barrier that my race puts up that stops me from entering the next level (which I know is a feeling other white sprinters I talk to have). What is important about Jeremy Wariner is that he just shattered that barrier. It is a positive thing whenever barriers are broken. I see that as the point, not just the fact that it was a white barrier.
Martin, newsflash: if you are the 250th best in the world in history at anything, YOU ARE NOT ONLY "TOP," YOU ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
And surely, as an admited athletics junkie, will agree that Kevin Little was never, ever a "top" 200 metre runner on the world outdoor stage - a lifetime best of 20.10 ranks as the 250th fastest of all time. Fast, but hardly "top".