I was right
, and I should have looked into it sooner. There was
a media frenzy about Stany Kempompo Ngangola, the 34-year-old swimmer from the Democratic Republic of Congo who had the slowest time in the men's 50-metre freestyle. In fact, they were waiting for him, like vultures, before he had even swam; this Australian columnist
proclaimed him a friend of Eric the Eel and drew attention to his extremely slow qualifying time. It turns out
that that qualifying time was a typo, that he'd never even met Eric Moussambani, and that his result wasn't that bad
. I mean, it wasn't good
-- 35.19 seconds, 13.89 seconds behind the gold medallist in the final -- but it wasn't Moussambani-class drown-in-the-pool awful. The only ones looking ridiculous here are the media who were fishing for an easy mark -- hoping to find yet another central African to make fun of for a good wacky-Olympics story. I'm delighted that they were disappointed.
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