Guor Marial ran for his life to escape a Sudanese child labor camp. Now he will get to run at the Olympics.
Marial's heartwarming rise from a fearful kid who hid in a cave, fled his war-torn homeland and finally arrived in the United States as a refugee took another incredible turn Saturday.
Despite having no passport and officially no country -- and at one time very little hope -- the 28-year-old marathoner was cleared by the IOC to compete at the London Games under the Olympic flag.
Wow. This is so exciting. It's hard to describe. I'm speechless. The body temperature is up. I have to train like an Olympian now.
” -- Sudanese refugee Guor Marial, the first athlete allowed to compete under the Olympic flag, according to the IOC
"The voice of South Sudan has been heard," Marial told The Associated Press from his home in Flagtaff, Ariz. "The South Sudan has finally got a spot in the world community. Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the country itself is there.Link