American athlete and Olympian Kerron Clement has come out as gay, according to outsport.com.
It is said that the 33-year-old hurdler made the announcement during a Nike event celebrating a new rainbow-inspired track and field at Los Angeles City College on Friday.
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“I was hiding that part because of what society thought. But it’s OK to be that way. Nothing is wrong with loving someone of the same gender. Love is love. I have an attraction to men. It’s who I am, and it’s what made me become the athlete I am today,” he said.
Clement was part of the United States team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles, and he was also part of the gold medal-winning 4x400m quartet. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, eight years later, he won the gold in the 400m hurdles.