The Stache wrote:
[quote]And a few more besides wrote:
[quote]Melting Pot wrote:
"Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"
"...and your really fast guys too if you don't mind"[/quote]
At least the US didn't buy Lagat. He had to earn his citizenship just like every other immigrant who has earned citizenship in the last 40 or so years. He wasn't paid handsomely by the government, given a new "American-sounding" name and passport, and suddenly don a new jersey and citizenship, a la Bahrain and Qatar.
Notice how when Kenyans speak of Lagat it is almost universally with respect, despite his citizenship change, and despite their desire (and occasional team tactics) to beat him on the track. However, from what I've seen most of the top Kenyans universally despise the guys who run for Bahrain and Qatar.[/quote]
I am in full agreement with you. And I have a great deal of respect for Lagat - in how well he races, how he carries himself, and his well-earned status as an American.
I just wouldn't mind if they sent us a few more really fast folks.