Many of the Olympic events in Brazil are wrapping up, and athletes are heading back home. Nico Hernandez, a light flyweight boxer from Wichita, is set to receive a hero’s welcome from local officials.
Hernandez began the games as an unknown, just a boxer who made money changing oil at his father’s mechanic shop. Now, he’s a local sensation. Many in Wichita have been closely watching his success in the Rio Olympics.
He had a major upset victory against second-seeded Russian Vasilii Egorov, who was the favorite to win the silver medal.