Black Love: Olympian Will Claye Proposes to Queen Harrison

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While the world is caught up in the tomfoolery that is Olympian Ryan Lochte and company’s Rio shenanigans, something beautiful was happening in Rio at the actual Olympic games. Rheana Murray of is righting the ship with her story on 2016 track and field Olympian Will Claye’s proposal to fellow athlete Queen Harrison. Moments after Will Claye won a silver medal in the triple jump he proposed Harrison. Claye says his biggest obstacle to the proposal was actually getting up to the stands which were crowded with spectators.

“I just knew today was going to be the best day of my life,” Claye told NBC Olympics. “When I woke up I was like, ‘I’m going to be engaged to my best friend…She’s the one for me and I just had to do it today.”




Harrison, who graduated from Hermitage High School in Richmond and attended Virginia Tech, just posted on Monday about how “it has been difficult to be in Rio and not be competing.” Harrison, an American hurdler and sprinter competed in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The 2010 Bowerman winner and 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist missed qualifying for this year’s Olympic games by one second. Now, she has another milestone to celebrate.


This post was curated by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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