Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Samyr Laine advanced to the Final Round in the Men's Triple Jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a 16.81 meter performance.
Samyr Laine of Newburgh, N.Y., whose parents emigrated from Haiti in the ’70s, roomed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg his freshman year at Harvard. He holds a Georgetown law degree and boasts the Haitian national record in the triple jump (17.39 meters).
According to wiki:
Haiti made its first official appearance at the Olympic Games at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. However, some sources consider Léon Thiércelin, a fencer who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics, of Haitian nationality, and therefore Haiti's first Olympic competitor. The 1924 games also marked the first Haitian Olympic medal, when the seven members of Haiti's shooting team took third place in the free rifle competition. The next games, in 1928, saw another medal for Haiti; Silvio Cator took the silver in men's long jump. While Haiti has participated in several Olympic games since 1928, no other medals have been won. Haiti has never competed in the Winter Olympics.
Updates (1) wiki info 8.7.2012
Posted by thezenhaitian at 7:40 PM