Olympian says he ran for refugees worldwide
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A Sudanese refugee who was allowed to run the marathon as an independent athlete at the Olympic Games says his legs gave out at the six-mile mark, but he was inspired to finish for refugees worldwide.
Guor Marial, who went to high school in New Hampshire, said he saw people of every nationality on the sidelines calling his name and waving the flag of the new state of South Sudan -- his birthplace.
He said Friday during a visit with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Manchester that quitting was not an option because the race was not about him.
He said it was a race for fellow refugees, for the people of South Sudan, and for the United States which -- he said -- welcomed him with open arms.