Sierra Leone Sends Its First Marathoner To NYC

He wants to run 2:20 next month in the Big Apple.

The West African country of Sierra Leone is not famous for its elite distance runners, but that’s not stopping¬†Idrissa Kargbo from dreaming big.

According to an article posted on the Voice of America’s website, the 22-year-old is hoping to better his current marathon PR of 2:35 at the ING New York City Marathon next month.

Optimally, he’d like to run 2:20 and says he’s honored to represent his country.

“I’m going to try to put my country international, to run a good time, so my people here can appreciate what I’m doing there,” he said. Kargbo has been a runner for 10 years.¬†“I came from a poor family. I don’t have a job to get money.”

Australian ex-pat Jo Dunlop, who lives in Sierra Leone, discovered Kargbo and offered to sponsor him. Kargbo has since set his country’s record for the marathon (2:38) and thanks to $13,000 in donations, he will be heading to New York City.

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