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Josia Thugwane: The Marathon Man South Africa Forgot

If you have time, put the kettle on and buckle up. ESPN have compiled an incredibly interesting story based on the life of Josia Thugwane who is in his own words” The Greatest Story no one ever told”. The South African who was born into apartheid, abandoned by both his parents and left behind to tend cattle when his cousins went to school, won the Olympic Marathon in 1996.

Thugwane ran away from his grandmother’s home at age 14, got a job in the mines, didn’t even know what distance he was running the first time he ran a marathon and was shot in the face 5 months before the Atlanta Marathon. He even managed to win by the smallest winning margin in Olympic Marathon History.

How can you not read this?

“Here’s this black guy from apartheid South Africa,” Laxton continues. “Discriminated against. Got nothing. No education, nothing. Here he arrives in the Deep South in America, the birthplace of Martin Luther King, where America had its own racial history, and here he comes breaking barriers all over the place. A perfect storm in all sorts of levels was happening there.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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