I admit I haven’t been paying attention to the Olympics, however there’s one event I went out of my way to watch, which just happens to be one of the final — the marathon.
Why choose this particular event? Two words: Guor Marial.
Marial is South Sudan’s first (unofficial) Olympian. Running under the Olympic flag as an independent athlete, most people recognize that he’s still representing South Sudan.
Well worth a read.
And so myself and some friends spent our Sunday morning at brunch, with a restaurant full of people intently watching the tv, waiting for a glimpse of Marial.
It came when finally he crossed the finish line, a respectable 11 min behind the leader, and 47th overall, and the place erupted in cheers.
When I got home I discussed the event with my guard. In his words, “This is a great day for South Sudan. I think we shall celebrate today.”
Congratulations to Guor Marial!!