During the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the last runner to finish in the marathon was an athlete from Tanzania. He’d had a difficult race, to say the
least: he’d stumbled at one point and ended up bruised, bloodied - and with a broken leg! But he didn’t
Even though everyone else had already finished the race and gone home, he
kept at it. Finally, at 7:00 in the evening, he straggled into the near-empty stadium. There were still about
7,000 people on hand to witness his finish, and all 7,000 stood, giving this battered athlete a standing ovation as he finished
his last lap.
When this dedicated marathoner was asked, “Why didn’t you quit?”
- he simply said, “My country did not send me half way around the world to start the race; they sent me to finish it.”