Samyr Laine is a triple jumper who holds both the indoor and outdoor records for his University. On Tuesday, he qualified for the finals in the Olympics games in said sport. Laine, who is competing under the Haitian flag, is a remarkable athlete. But there are plenty of remarkable athletes in these London Games – so what distinguishes Laine from the rest?
The University for which Laine hold the triple jump records happens to be Harvard, and his freshman roommate happened to be one Mark Zuckerberg.
And so the storyline goes; today, Mark Zuckerberg’s college roommate will go for an Olympic gold medal.
But he definitely has some work to do if he’s going to cement a spot on the podium – much less the top spot. In the qualifying round, Laine’s best jump was 16.81m, a full .4m behind the leader, American Christian Taylor. This puts him in 10th place going into the finals (only 12 qualified), but as we all know, the finals are a whole new ballgame.
A few weeks before the Olympics, people began to make the connection and realize that Zuck’s roommate was an actual Olympian. In an interview, Laine revealed some interesting facts about his time spent living with the Facebook CEO.
He said that they played a lot of PlayStation.
The final in the men’s triple jump takes place at 2:20 pm EST today. The would record in the event is 18.29m, set by Brit Jonathan Edwards back in 1995.