I'm sure we all remember African swimmer Eric the Eel, who took over two minutes to complete the 100m freestyle at the 2000 Olympics (the current record is 47.05 seconds). In contrast, black athletes from all around the world dominate running and basketball. Actually, the only black athlete to have won an Olympic gold medal so far is long jumper Michael Johnson.
In fact, blacks make up about 12% of the US population but account for more than 20% of all Olympic medals. The truth is that you are much more likely to see a white runner or player than a black one. This is because sports teams tend to be based on physical attributes such as height and weight, which are used to match players with similar traits. Because blacks on average are taller and heavier than whites, they tend to play different sports.
For example, consider that among NBA players, blacks are under-represented while Hispanics are over-represented. There are only five black men in the NBA; four of them are Hispanic. This means that almost every time we watch a game on TV, there is a good chance that we will see a white player on one side of the court and a black player on the other side.
There are several reasons why there are so few black athletes. First of all, it is difficult for young blacks to get access to sports facilities.
Jones is the first African-American to hold a swimming world record (4x100-meter freestyle relay). Jones set an American record in the 50-meter freestyle with a timing of 21.59 seconds during the 2008 United States Olympic Trials. His time would have placed him third at the Beijing Games, but he failed a drug test for methylhexaneamine after the trials and was banned from competition for two years.
In 2009, Jones received a gift from the government of China: He was allowed to compete under the flag of his native country of Nigeria. At the 2012 London Olympics, Jones won a silver medal as part of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team that finished behind Australia.
He has said he used drugs because "there's no way around it" and claimed that most elite swimmers do the same. However, he has also said that he wants to help young people understand how drugs can destroy lives even if you seem like you are doing nothing wrong. Jones has spoken out against steroid abuse and has worked to educate others on the dangers of drugs.
After retiring from competitive swimming in 2013, Jones became an ambassador for Drug Free Sport. He has said that he hopes to use his experience to help other athletes avoid using drugs.
Simone Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in a tie with Penny Oleksiak of Canada, becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming and setting an Olympic and American record...
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Grenada has attained qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to three participants in each event at the "A" level, and one at the "B" standard): Paul Williams was the sole Grenadan to compete in the Olympic Men's 100m sprint event in 2012. He finished 21st out of 23 runners with a time of 10.18 seconds.
Other notable Grenadian athletes include high jumper Derrick Foster who won a silver medal at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics, and triple jump champion Lauryn Hill who attended Covington Catholic High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition to Paul Williams, other Grenadans who have represented their countries at the Olympic level include sprinters Karl Lewis and Kerron Stewart, middle distance runner Obadele Thompson, long jumper Michael Rodgers, and hurdler Fabrice Jallot. Grenada has never earned an Olympic medal but did take part in its first ever Olympic event in 1912.
Grenada's only female athlete to represent her country at the Olympics is hurdler Valerie Brathwaite-Richards who won a bronze medal at the 1980 Games in Moscow. She is also one of only four women to have achieved the rare feat of winning medals at both the Commonwealth Games and the Pan American Games. The others are Canada's Donna Urso, Brazil's Vera Lucia, and Cuba's Odalis Delgado.