He was asked how it felt to win his event in the Texas Relays and he smiled again, a composed young man.
"It's very early in the season," he said. "You can win all the Texas Relays titles in the world and it doesn't mean a thing. What I am trying to build to is the national championship. That's what counts. And then the Olympics. I like to excel. And this is something I can excel at."
He seemed only mildly pleased at his victory. Not as happy, say, as the OTIS track club. But he has been a winner for a long time. Victory is infinitely more precious when it is a rare pleasure.
Too bad the OTIS relay team won't be running in the Olympics.