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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 03:01|
The Olympian Javier Culson ( @ JavierCulson ) made history by winning the bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the Olympics in 2012. This is the first Olympic medal for Puerto Rico in a sport other than boxing. With the medal Culson, Puerto Rico has a total of seven Olympic medals: six bronze and one silver. This is also the first Olympic athlete to win a Puerto Rican from the 1996 Olympics. The Caribbean was festive as the Dominican Felix Sanchez "Super Felix" won the gold medal in the same event.
Culson was one of the favorites to win gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles. Second with the silver medal was American Michael Tinsley.
Javier Culson won the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in London (file photo). Photo by Quique Aparicio, courtesy of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee.
Although it was somewhat bittersweet victory for Puerto Ricans, it was not possible to achieve the long-awaited gold medal for the country, far from being disappointed, Puerto Ricans expressed their joy over medal Culson via Twitter:
The Puerto Rican basketball player Jose Juan Barea also expressed support for Culson:
Another landmark achievement for Puerto Rico
Moreover, the gymnast Tommy Ramos ( @ TommyRamos_pur ) became the first Puerto Rican to compete in a final in the sport of the rings, achieving a score of 15.6. Although he failed to win a medal (came in sixth place), a Puerto Rican had never before come so far in the gym.