Olympic Marathoner and Independant Athlete: Guor Marial

Olympic Marathoner and Independant Athlete: Guor Marial

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Guor Marial, refugee turned marathoner now from New Hampshire, has been granted special independant status to compete under the Olympic Flag at the 2012 Olympics rather than the South Sudanese flag. After meeting the Olympic standard, he was offered a spot for Sudan, but rejected it saying,  “If I ran for Sudan, I would be betraying my people. I would be dishonoring the two million people who died for our freedom.” He attributes his success to the support of the community in Concord, New Hampshire.