Fueled and aflame-2

Romans 12:11 “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert…”(MSG)
He was also in Beijing as a goodwill ambassador in preparation for the 2008 Olympics games. This man born in a very remote village of Mbulu, Tanganyika, Tanzania in 1938 have become a symbol of strength and courage to athletes all over the world. But the question is, Why?
Akhwari, according to his biography in wikipedia, represented Tanzania in the marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City . While competing in the marathon in Mexico City, Akhwari cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in his country. At the 19 kilometer point during the 42 km race, there was jockeying
for position between some runners and he was hit. He fell badly injuring his knee and dislocated that joint as his shoulder also hit hard against the pavement.
He was bleeding but he continued running, finishing last among the 57 competitors who completed the race (75 had started). The winner of the marathon, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia, finished in 2:20:26. Akhwari finished in 3:25:27, when there were only a few thousand people left in the stadium, and the sun had set. There were about a hundred thousand spectators in the stadium when the winner got in.
At the time Akhwari entered the stadium, the camera crew was inside covering the award ceremony but then the few spectators remaining stood up applauding this bloodied weak looking man, shouting his name and urging him on, the organisers sent the television crew out from the medal ceremony when word was received that there was one more runner about to finish.
He ran with a reservoir of energy as if he was going to take the first position. As he finally crossed the finish line the cheer became a deafening roar from the small crowd.
Now the part I love the most in the biography, the interview!(to be continued)
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