He is the living embodiment of the American dream.
After Leo Manzano won the silver medal in the men’s 1500m event, he ran around the track waving two flags: one from the United States, the other Mexico’s.
“Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!” the 27-year-old Tweeted after the race.
He entered the U.S. at the age of four without papers.
“Standing on the podium has been a dream of mine and I share it proudly with my family, friends, coaches and all my supporters from Austin, Marble Falls, and Granite Shoals, Texas as well as Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico,” the former University of Texas standout said after his race.
Manzano’s father, Jesus, gained legal residency status thanks to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.
Manzano is the first member of his family to graduate from high school.
He became a U.S. citizen in 2004 and represented his new country at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
At the University of Texas, he became a five-time NCAA champion and was an 11-time NCAA All American.
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