“She has toiled out of difficulty to become a symbol of greatness and has shown that it doesn’t matter where you come from. From her small village in Limpopo, where the people are full of poverty, she has become the symbol of a courageous young woman.”
–South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula
LONDON — Throughout the Olympics’ first women’s boxing tournament, U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields would refer to the ultimate prize as “my gold medal.” After Thursday, she can proudly claim that it is.
Shields, 17, defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia on Thursday night, 19-12, to claim the gold medal in the middleweight division, in the Olympic event’s inaugural year. She’s the second-youngest fighter to win gold in either men’s or women’s boxing.
Read the full story on Yahoo! Sports.
LONDON — As Carmelita Jeter sprinted across the finish line in the women’s 4×100-meter relay Friday night, she turned to her left and pointed a finger at the electronic clock beside the track as if to say, “Look at what we just did.” A beat later, the board flashed Jeter’s news in bold type: NEW WR.
Jeter’s final leg capped a blistering race for the United States team, which won its first gold medal in the event in 16 years and did it in emphatic fashion. The winning time of 40.82 seconds shattered the world record of 41.37, which was set in 1985 by East Germany, whose athletes were later found to be part of a state-run doping system.
LONDON — In an American high school, a new jacket or the newest cellphone can be a status symbol. Lia Neal will arrive for her senior year at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan with something tough to trump: an Olympic medal.
“Everything was just so beyond my expectations,”
Read the full story on the NYTimes.com.
LONDON — Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leaned across the finish line of the women’s 100 meters, then looked up at the blank scoreboard for the name of the next Olympic champion.
Five seconds passed, then five more.
Was it the Jamaican, Fraser-Pryce, or the American, Carmelita Jeter?
The race couldn’t have been any closer, and when Fraser-Pryce’s name finally came up first, she fell to the ground and shouted,
“Thank you, Jesus!”
LONDON — No more heartbreak for Allyson Felix. No more silver, either.
Denied twice on the world’s biggest stage, Felix won the Olympic gold medal she’s been yearning for, taking the 200 meters Wednesday night to fill the last, and biggest, hole in her otherwise stellar resume.
Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by .21 seconds. American Carmelita Jeter added bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.
“I think it was all for a reason,”
“It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special. It was a big weight being lifted.”
How exciting is is that we have received official media/blogger accreditation to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September!
This comes on the heels of being elected as a delegate for Democrats Abroad, a huge honor.
These serves as confirmation that I am meant to be at the convention to witness President Barack Obama receive the nomination to run for President of the United States (I had the honor of being there in 2008 at part of the African American Political Pundit team).
I have the chance to hear Mrs. Michelle Obama speak, and how I would love to interview her (doesn’t every media outlet attending the convention want to interview her).
Look for hourly/daily posts here from the convention in September, including photos, videos and recaps of the action on the convention floor, in the halls, and at various convention venues.