A young man's determination
<b>By Alana Christensen of The Reporters' Academy</b>
Benjamin Schulte from Guam competed in the men’s 10km marathon swim today at Serpentine Lake, London.
The 16 year old competed to the best of his ability, completing the race in 2:03:35.1 securing him 25th position.
Although falling behind the rest of the field towards the end of the race, Schulte quickly became a crowd favorite.
The entire crowd waited for Schulte as he approached the end of the line, despite the fact that most of the field had already finished the race.
As he approached the line the crowd that lined the banks of the Serpentine cheered and clapped as he crossed the line.
The standing ovation Schulte received only illustrated the crowd’s appreciation for his efforts and their strong support for the young Olympian.
Although it was not the ending Schulte would have hoped for, it was a clear demonstration of not only Olympic spirit but also the importance of each athlete and their performance.
It is clear from the crowd’s reaction that Schulte will quickly become a favorite of the crowd in the many future Olympics he is sure to compete in.