07 August 2012 by

Today’s London Olympics 2012 Hero: Felix Sanchez, The Hurdler Who Made EVERYONE Cry

London Olympics 2012 Felix Sanchez

Being on the winner’s podium at the Olympics is an emotional place… just look at Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Rebecca Adlington who all had tears in their eyes.

But none were quite as overcome as hurdler Felix Sanchez who won the 400 metre hurdles last night.

The athlete initially tried to contain his emotions before giving in and sobbing uncontrollably as he was presented with his gold medal.

And as the Dominican Republic national anthem played, his tears continued… along with ours!

His emotion is understandable: his grandmother had died just hours before the qualifiying rounds in Beijing in 2008. For the 2012 games, he carried a photo of her under his vest…. pulling the picture out and kissing it moments after his win.

London Olympics 2012 Felix Sanchez

‘I just wanted to make her proud so I've got her name on my spikes,’ he said. ‘The day she died in Beijing it broke my heart. That's why I ran with the picture close to my heart.’

Felix last won the 400 metre hurdles at the Athens Olympics in 2004. And his win last night – beating Team GB hurdler Dai Greene – was in exactly the same time of 47.63 seconds.

A true champion.

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Josuel Jiménez (Tue Aug 07 16:53:43 BST 2012): A true champion! dominican champion!
Arnaldo Sánchez Morales (Wed Aug 08 01:40:30 BST 2012): A true champion! I'm proud of him.
Lun Long Layu (Wed Aug 08 04:52:23 BST 2012): who won't be proud of you Felix?
Luis Garcia (Wed Aug 08 16:18:07 BST 2012): Super Sanchez te queremos!
Orkun Kayaselçuk (Wed Aug 08 16:56:47 BST 2012): helal olsun lan sana tüyler diken diken oldu :D
Carmina Jaquez Rodriguez (Thu Aug 09 14:17:52 BST 2012): Super Sanchez! we are all proud of your persistence!
Letlhogonolo Rebone Matabane (Fri Feb 22 09:17:31 GMT 2013): A true champion of champions.