He wants those future swimmers to see their own reflections in his Olympic-sized accomplishments. Jones, who at 16, lost his father to cancer, could become the second African-American Olympic swimming gold medalist in history. Anthony Ervin became the first when he won the 50 meter freestyle in a tie with Gary Hall Jr. in 2000.
The current 400 meter freestyle relay world record holder is on the cusp of adding the perfect ending to his fairy tale, with a team that's not necessarily favored to win the top prize. When the world gathers on Aug. 8, Jones hopes to make a name for himself one lap at a time.
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