Olympic Inspiration: Guor Marial From South Sudan Labor Camp to Olympian Distance Runner

OLYMPIC INSPIRATION:  From South Sudan labor camp to Olympian marathon runner, Guor Marial has defied the odds and didn’t let the past dictate his future, which is very bright:

[Marial], the South Sudanese refugee marathon runner … won his right to compete in London at the 11th hour. Marial lives in the US, but is a man without a passport or a country. He was born in what is now South Sudan, at a time when it was ruled by Sudan. He learned to run fleeing for his life from a Sudanese labour camp in a conflict that claimed the lives of 28 of his relatives. He survived by hiding in a cave, his jaw broken by soldiers. So when the International Olympic Committee offered him the chance to run for Sudan, he declined. Last week, Marial was one of four competitors the IOC cleared to run under the Olympic flag as an independent, but he is in no doubt that he is running for his fledgling country. His story is even more remarkable because he only ran his first marathon last year, clocking up an Olympic qualifying time on his only attempt at the race. Source:  Guardian

Im Dong-Hyun, Legally Blind South Korean, Breaks World Record for Archery at London Olympics

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Legally Blind Man, Im Dong-Hyun, Breaks World Record for Archery at London Olympics (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Inspirational: Im Dong-hyun, who is legally blind, just broke the world record in archery in London. Just when you think you can’t, take a look at Im Dong-hyun who said, yes I can!

South Korea claimed the first world records of London 2012 on Friday morning with a stunning display in the men’s archery ranking round at Lord’s.

Im Dong-hyun, who is registered as blind, broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the team shoot. Im’s partial sight means he shoots at the centre of a colourful blur he sees 70 metres before him. Alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek he helped register a 216-arrow total of 2,087 – smashing the world record by 18 points. Source: Guardian