Quote Of The Day
“Now meet the elephant on the track. If Boling were black, his performances would have merely energized the track world. He is not black; he is white, with curly reddish hair. The effect of this is best expressed by Renaldo Nehemiah, a former world-record holder in the 110-meter hurdles and a longtime agent for many track athletes, including Olympic and world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin. ‘I watched the video of that 9.98,’ says Nehemiah, ‘and as I’m watching I’m thinking, stereotypically, How is he pulling away from those guys?’ … And there is another side to this awkward topic. ‘I’m excited about an athlete who can affect the diversity and access level in the sport,’ says Nehemiah. (The ironic part of this statement is that track and field is among the most egalitarian of sports; a track meet is America at its most inclusive, encompassing all manner of body types, races and backgrounds. The catch is those differences are generally grouped by event.)”
– Excerpt from Sports Illustrated article by Tim Layden talking about how high school sprint star Matthew Boling has gone viral for, in part, being a white guy running fast in the sprints.
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