Long after the crowd had left and the cameras had moved, a lone runner entered the stadium to complete the 26-mile-long marathon in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Injured earlier in the race during a fall, he stumbled along, more than an hour after the others had finished. Hurling himself to the finish line, John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania finished dead last. But before you judge him as a loser, take careful heed of the words he uttered when asked why he did not quit earlier when he had been injured:

“My country did not send me 7,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.”

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  1. well said i think that is awesome that there are still people out there who believe that life isnt alwys easy but in the end you will find its rewards

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