This forum has reached a sad state of affairs. I use to read it because of the quality blogs. Now I see political blogs and people dumping on other runner’s accomplishments.
How many of the posters have actually met Leo Manzano? If you haven’t met the man, you really need to tone down the comments. I can’t believe the comments about questioning Leo’s decision to celebrate.
Leo is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He’s humble, hard working and most importantly treats EVERYONE with respect. I am neither Hispanic nor Caucasian and Leo has always treated me with the utmost respect when seeing me on the town lake running trail. Occasionally on an off day, Leo will even run with the local training groups to see how everyone’s doing. Leo's a class act and winning the silver medal just solidify what all of us in Texas already knew.
I am in disbelief that on this day of winning the silver medal, another let's run poster would actually question why Leo wrapped himself with the US and Mexican flags. These posters must not live in boarder states (Texas, New Mexico, Az) and understand the daily cultural struggles that everyone deals with. Swallow the prejudice and accept the accomplishment on its own merit. I seriously doubt that Leo knew to grab a specific flag after finishing the 1500m race. It was a reaction after just running the race of his life.
Leo can do whatever he wants. He spent a life time to reach this moment. The rest of us should start working harder on our running and quit dumping on these guys / gals who worked so hard to reach this point….