George asks us for favourite moments in Olympic history.
I offer you John Stephen Akwhari.
Not long after the start of the marathon at the Mexico Olympics, Akhwari fell down and was badly injured, because he was not used to the climate of Central America. The other runners passed him one after another, and his chance of winning a medal became extremely slim. However, he didn\’t quit, and insisted on finishing the race.
When Akhwari limped into the stadium on bloody and bandaged legs an hour after the winner of the race had left, there were only a few spectators remaining in the stands. They were shocked to see Akhwari wincing with pain at every step toward the finish line, and they felt grateful to witness such a touching moment.
When asked why he didn\’t retire from the race, Akhwari\’s answer is calm and simple.
Film Director Bud Greenspan asked him, “Why did you keep going?” He said, “You don’t understand. My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start a race, they sent me to finish it."
Truly, a sportsman and a mensch.
Do they still make them like that or has the mould been broken?