Marathoner Without Country Bound for Olympics

Guor Marial heads to the Olympics without a country. Photo: Sioux City Journal

He ran 2:14 in his debut last year.

The story of marathoner Guor Marial is worthy of a movie.

The 28-year-old fled a Sudanese child labor camp and ended up in the United States as a refugee.

Despite the fact that he has no passport and no official country, the IOC has officially allowed him to compete in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“The voice of South Sudan has been heard,” Marial said. ¬†“The South Sudan has finally got a spot in the world community. Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the country itself is there.”

Marial currently lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In his debut marathon, Marial qualified for the Olympics when he clocked 2:14:32 at the 2011 edition of the Twin Cities Marathon.

When he was 16 years old, he joined the Concord (New Hampshire) track team following the encouragement of a gym teacher who noticed that he never got winded during sports.

“I think there’s something that can make you tired,” the teacher said.

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