There were fireworks of a different kind over the holiday weekend in the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha. Rod 2.0 fave Cullen Jones qualified to compete in Beijing as a member of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team—"giving him a chance to become the first African-American swimmer to win a gold medal", notes his hometown paper the New Jersey Star Ledger.
However, the Bronx-born swiming phenom missed his chance to win a second berth on the U.S. Olympic team when he finished third in the 50-meter freestyle. Jones swam in 21.81 seconds and the loss was a blow for the top-ranked swimmer, who was ranked first in the world in the 50m as late as last year.
Cullen Jones is one of the few blacks in swimming and has become an inspiration to youth across the country. "The trip to China will end a journey through water that began 16 years ago in inner-city pools, swimming on a team of minorities who, some people were certain, would drown before any of them ever reached the Olympic Games."
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