You may have heard loud cheers erupting throughout Washington Heights last night as Dominican-American Félix Sánchez won his 2nd gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles. Sánchez dedicated the win to his beloved grandmother, who passed away 4 years ago as he was preparing to compete in the Beijing Olympics. He understandably underperformed in those games but promised that he would win another gold medal for his grandmother. Sánchez won his first Gold medal in the 400 hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics. On top of winning the gold last night, Sánchez at 35 also has the distinction of being the oldest man to win an Olympic race of 400 meters or fewer. At the award ceremony, Sánchez broke down and visibly wept as the Dominican National Anthem played, making for one of the most memorable moments in this year’s Olympics.
Thank you Félix for making not just your grandmother proud but all of the Dominican Republic and it’s diaspora proud as well. We are all Olympic Gold medalists today!