Mexican Diver Rommel Pacheco Deserves A Gold For Just Being Him

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Mexican diver Rommel Pacheco may have missed out on a medal in the individual diving competition in Rio, but that’s okay. The 30-year-old was able to win the hearts of Mexicans — and diving fans — all over the world with his determined and inspiring performance.

Rommel Pacheco was representing Mexico in the men’s 3m springboard competition in Rio.

He placed 5th with teammate Jahir Ocampo in the 3m springboard synchronized diving event.

He dominated the preliminaries of the event, placing 2nd to advance to the semifinals.

Pretty solid diving in the semifinals proved to the world that Pacheco was someone to definitely keep an eye on.

His performance in the semifinals gave Mexicans some serious hope that their boy could bring home a medal.

He was diving so well in the semifinals that he made it to 1st place.

He would end the semifinals round in 2nd, but people were really frustrated that NBC Olympics didn’t give the Mexican diver any airtime.

Seriously, the people want to know.

If diving in the top three during a competition doesn’t give you airtime, then what does?

Like, dude made it to the finals and wasn’t getting a lot of airtime.

Mexicanos everywhere were wishing, praying and begging for Pacheco to keep up his good work to bring a medal back for México.

Then came the finals and his first dive spelled trouble.

Clavado 1 #RommelPacheco #VamosPorElOro #YoRioXFox #Rio2016

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The dive was good, it was the entry into the water that gave him some serious trouble.

And he couldn’t shake the bad dive entries on his second dive.

Clavado 2 #RommelPacheco #Rio2016 #Chale

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By the time the second round of diving was over, Pacheco was at the bottom of the pack.

Pacheco then totally nailed the rest of his dives.

Despite scoring a 96.90 on his last dive, the damage had already been done. Pacheco ended up coming in 7th place overall in the 3m springboard event.

If he could have made the vertical entry in the first two dives, there’s a good chance Pacheco could’ve made it to the top three.

Even though he didn’t make it to the podium for a medal, Mexicans applauded his perseverance.

“Congratulations, @Rommel_Pacheco. Only those who are among the best in the world know how important this is,” @FernandoPlatas, a former Mexican diver, tweeted. “Always proud of you!!!”

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Donald Trump to Black Voters: “They’re Taking Our Jerbs!!!”

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Trump is reaching out for the black vote by talking to white people about how bad Latinos are.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s multiple-car wreck of a campaign stopped in West End, Wisc., an overwhelmingly white town about an hour outside of Milwaukee, to reach make his case to black voters. We kid you not. And because this is Donald Trump we’re talking about, his argument pretty much boiled down to the following:

No community in this country has been hurt more by Hillary Clinton’s immigration and all of her policies than the African-American community and she considers them a guaranteed vote. Now she’s proposing to print work permits for millions of illegal immigrants to come in and take everybody’s job, including low-income African-Americans. Not Right.

Donald Trump has pretty much devolved further into being a caricature. It’s as if he’s stealing his lines from “South Park.”

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On the bright side, at least this happened, so maybe the world isn’t all bad.


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Also, for all his talking, no group dislikes Donald Trump more than black voters (even more so than Latinos, surprisingly and disappointingly). According to FiveThirtyEight, only 2 percent of black voters have a favorable view of Trump.


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