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"Hours behind the runner in front of him, the last marathoner finally entered the Olympic stadium. By that time, the drama of the day’s events was


almost over and most of the spectators had gone home. This athlete’s story, however, was still being played out.


Limping into the arena, the Tanzanian runner grimaced with every step, his knee bleeding and bandaged from an earlier fall. His ragged appearance


immediately caught the attention of the remaining crowd, who cheered him on to the finish line.


Why did he stay in the race? What made him endure his injuries to the end? When asked these questions later, he replied, "My country did not send


me 7,000 miles away to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.’"

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