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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:01|
The Dominican Republic is celebrating the gold medal Felix Sanchez, also known as "The Super Felix" ( @ elsupersanchez ) in the 400 meters hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. His achievement means the second Olympic gold medal for the Caribbean country. Sanchez had previously made history having won the first Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic in the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Felix Sanchez. Photo posted by Wikimedia Commons Jonasmrcds and republished under the CC BY-SA License 3.0.
Along with the gold medal Sanchez Dominicans celebrate the silver medal achieved Luguelín Santos ( @ LuguelinSantos ) in the 400 meter dash. This is the first time two medals in athletics Dominicans obtained at the same Olympics, which has also caused great excitement in the country.
For Sanchez medal was very special, as the future of his career was uncertain. Sanchez was injured in 2004 during a career in the European Golden League that forced him to be out of competition for a while. Returning to compete, their performance was not before, prompting some say he should retire. This, together with their age of 34, was what made it a surprise to many to win the gold medal.
But perhaps the key story is that just before competing in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Sanchez received the terrible news that his beloved grandmother had died Lilian Pena. This disrupted their performance in these Olympics. In fact, one of the most emotional moments after his victory on 6 August in London was when he took the photograph of her grandmother who was attached to the chest and knocked her down to kiss her. "Super Felix" also had the word "Grandma" written on their running shoes, and the awards ceremony sobbed.
Netizens have expressed excitement Dominican Felix Sanchez to using Twitter:
Luguelín Santos @ LuguelinSantos also took the opportunity to congratulate Sanchez:
The president-elect of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, joined in the congratulations on Twitter:
* Photo taken title page of this video .