1968 Olympics. Awesome commitment and inner strength of John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania to complete the marathon that his country sent him to finish, not just start.
Where in your life do you need to finish the race? Is it the 11th hour of your race? Finish YOUR race. Don't give up, just pace yourself and stay focused on your goal: getting to the finish line.
"It was almost 7pm in Mexico City, 1968. One hour earlier the winners of the 26 mile Olympic marathon had crossed the finish line. It had been a grueling hot day as the high altitude affected all the athletes. The sky was beginning to darken and most of the stadium was empty. As the last few spectators were preparing to leave, police sirens and flashing lights caught their attention. A lone runner, wearing the colours of Tanzania had just emerged through the stadium gate. Limping, with his leg bandaged he found the last of his endurance to step up his pace and finish the race. His name was John Stephen Akhwari."
Gary Tuorto Jr. is a 6' 1" junior on the track & field squad at Pope John Paul II High School (Boca Raton, FL). In this video, Gary runs several 110m high hurdles races, in both his Conference and District Championships. He also runs a 300m hurdles. He graduates in May of 2011.
One of the best relays of all time-- Evelyn Ashford has the anchor of her life with an unbelieveable finish!! Epic USA vs. East Germany vs. USSR in Olympic Women's 4x100 Final, Seoul 1988.
USA legs: Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Evelyn Ashford.
USA barely made it into the final after confusion as to who would run in the semi, they had to scramble at the last minute to find 4 runners.
Seriously - one of the best Track & Field races I've ever seen. What a finish!!