U.S. could have had more track medals

In the distance events. We’ve watched Edward Cheserek of Oregon absolutely destroy NCAA competition in distance running, including the Hogs, for a couple of years now. I knew he was not a US citizen as a native of Kenya. What I did not know is that he wants to be an American citizen, and has filed his citizenship application papers. But those papers are stuck somewhere in the immigration bureaucracy, and so he was at home in Eugene this week instead of running for the USA in Rio. Unless some strings are pulled, he MIGHT be a citizen in time for the 2024 Games, wherever they may be; a five-year waiting period makes Tokyo 2020 unlikely. Meb Keflezighi and Bernard Lagat are examples of naturalized citizens who have won track medals for the USA. IMO, Cheserek should get his chance to join them, and sooner rather than later.

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Kerron Clements who won 400M Hurdles is another example. He was a Florida Gator. In addition Paul Chelimo won a silver in 5000. Also Sanya Richard Ross who did not run in this Olympics but won the 400M gold is another example.

I am proud of Team USA for winning more medals and more gold than last Olympics. USA dominated swimming with 16 golds and 33 medals and track & field with 13 golds and 32 medals.

I am also proud of thecRazorbacks. Two Razorbacks Sandi Morris and Taylor Ellis-Watson contributed to the USA medal haul. And so did native Arkansan Jeff Henderson. Further Razorback Omar McLeod and Veronica Campbell Brown win medals for Jamaica.

Time for Omar McLeod to get naturalized. He will be still good by 2024.

Getting citizenship has gotten a lot harder since 9/11.