Commix, you obviously must hate the NBA and NFL then.
SalukiAlum has got it right, what u guys are missing is that distance running to Kenya is equivalent to the NFL or NBA in the U.S. or futbol in Europe. how many times do you see a football player raise his hand with the #1 as he is streaking into the end zone or highstepping it into the endzone with no need to or an NBA team start showboating dunks when they get ahead and risk not making the dunk or a soccer player in Europe rip his shirt off after scoring a goal and run around the field. And the best part, we never think anything of it, so why is it so problematic for a distance runner to celebrate the last little bit of his race if he is sure of a victory?? are u guys all saying that next time I win a race I should highstep the last 15 meters, raise my hand into a #1, if I have a batton in my hand spike that to the ground, then proceed to take my jersey off and run around the track looking for praise??? Nobody seems to think anything of that, therefore why all the hatred for simply crossing myself and raising a number one and thanking the crowd, sounds more humble to me than other displays seen in American Football, Basketball, and the real futbol!!! Also, for those of you that think the crowd doesn't love it and it won't spark interest in the sport internationally, as it is already popular in Kenya, what do u have to say about the Gallen Rupp display at the U.S. Trials??? If I remember correctly when Rupp crossed himself and pumped his fist the crowd erupted and almost certainly reached it's highest decible reading of the entire meeting. For those of you that were there correct me if I'm wrong on that, as I cannot think of any other moment in the meet that was that loud. And everybody loved that moment, therefore crossing himself and pumping the fist did in fact raise excitement.