Hours after an Ethiopian runner had won, Akhwari limped into the Olympic stadium. Only a few thousand spectators were left, but they began to cheer the courageous Tanzanian. Bloodied, bruised and bandaged he grimaced with every step as he completed the final lap of the race.
Later, a reporter asked Akhwari, “Why did you continue the race after you were so badly injured?”
He replied, “My country did not send me 7,000 miles to begin a race; they sent me to finish the race.”