Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: Simone Manuel and the end of the myth of black swimmers

The American will be one of the stars of the Tokyo Olympics and will try to widen his way. “Blacks have higher bone mineral density on average, but whether this is relevant for swimming is highly questionable,” says one expert.

Simone Manuel, in previous USA tests.AP
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remembering Cullen Jones, the most successful black swimmer in history, Olympic champion at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, who discovered inequality at the age of 15 when, at a school competition in New York, he beat a white boy and was beaten by his mother . faced in a very bad way. “It was my first significant win and the woman came over and said: ‘Shouldn’t you play basketball? Recalls the current speedo coach and manager in response to the question that for decades has bordered half the world’s pools: why not black swimmers?

“It is a matter of lack of tradition, lack of social culture or lack of access to facilities rather than anatomy. There are many myths on this issue that must be dispelled,” he explains. Pedro L. valenzuela, researcher in health sciences at the University of Alcal de Henares (UAH) and editor of the journal Fisac, tops it off with a myth to debunk: there is density.

According to legend, Negro bones weigh more, so they swim less and, as a result, swim worse. “As always, it is half true or rather half false. It has been proven that the average mineral density of black people is higher than the average of Caucasian people. This is also proved whether there are people with high mineral density , For example with dysplasia, immersing deeply in water. But whether all this is relevant for swimming is very questionable. To begin with because we are talking about socks and there will always be different people And to continue because there are many other structural elements that determine an athlete’s performance in water. If the density is mineral then so much were determining, men’s marks, that on average we have more density, women’s marks would be worse”, Valenzuela determined, with several examples to debunk that belief.

Testosterone, Another Lie

if time ago anith brigithaMILF Cullen Jones Himself Or liya neil They appeared as specific demands a younger generation of black swimmers would be willing to demonstrate themselves at the next Tokyo Games. Leader: Simone Manuel. At the RO 2016 Games, his gold in the 100 free and 4×100 free was a surprise, but after performing in the last World Cup with four gold and three silver, his media profile is high. Overtraining syndrome forced her to stop early in the years, and at the United States trials she could only qualify for the 50m freestyle, but the spotlight would be on her anyway. He will also, in his selection, be counted in the company of youth Natalie Hinds, to be in the 4×100 relay and, with other teams, such as the United Kingdom, alice dearing, the first British black swimmer in the Games.

A gold from Manuel – or two if he finally floats a relay – will serve to debunk the myths, though it may take years for him not to fall for them. Mainly because there are many remakes, recreating myself. The legend of the density sea has been linked in recent times, with the appearance of Manuel, to the legend of testosterone. As in athletics, today in swimming it is believed that blacks can win, yes, but mainly in shorter distances.

“It’s similar to mineral density. A certainty, such as that black people have higher average testosterone, is used to establish a lie. That doesn’t mean they can’t win the long swim test. Although it’s possible.” Because of the muscularity, for example, black swimmers are always pushed for shorter trials,” explains Valenzuela, because of the culture, education, access to facilities for training. Absence of black swimmers in major events. Manuel’s figure in the next games could help move forward in that sense. the same thing happened after all Tiger Woods in golf Serena Williams in tennis. Similar changes are expected in other sports such as cycling and skiing.