Liam Hancock

River to River
9:14 am
Fri July 27, 2012

A Runner Without a Country and Champion Debaters

Former Iowa State University runner Guor Marial from South Sudan. Marial will compete in the Olympic marathon under the Olympic flag.
Iowa State University

He’s been dubbed the ‘runner without a country’ – Guor Marial is a 28-year-old marathon runner and refugee from the newly independent African nation of South Sudan. After Marial escaped Sudan as a child, he came to the United States and competed in cross country at Iowa State University. Though he’s a U.S. resident, he’s not a citizen and South Sudan does not yet have a national Olympic body, but after months of consideration, the International Olympic Committee ruled Marial could compete under the Olympic flag – joining three others who will do the same during the London games.

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