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Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano speaks to kids at McFarland High School

Posted: 10:52 PM, Oct 01, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-02 06:44:59Z
Olympic medalist speaks at McFarland HS
Olympic medalist speaks at McFarland HS

While Kern County residents have long been inspired by the story of the state champions from the McFarland cross country team, it took Disney's movie adaptation McFarland, USA for a country to find out. 

One such person was Leo Manzano, a silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympic Games (1500 m). He wanted to come to McFarland since the movie came out in 2015 and this week, thanks to a trip to Sacramento, it finally worked out. 

Manzano spoke to nearly 150 people about his running career, work ethic and the need to keep a positive attitude at a last minute event held at McFarland High School Sunday afternoon. 

Runners from Bakersfield, Visalia and Fresno came to the event.

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