August 3, 2012 ·54 Comments
LONDON — Zamzam Mohamed Farah, one of only two athletes representing Somalia on the track in London, finished her heat almost 27 seconds behind the closest contender on Friday.
It took her 1 minute, 20.48 seconds to finish the women’s 400-metres first heat.
The race was never about winning for the runner from war-weary Somalia, she came out only to deliver a message to the world. She was in London to remind everyone – including the Somalis – that Somalia was still alive despite the two decades of anarchy.
The 18-year-old athlete came out to defeat bigger contenders than the US Francena Mccorory, who crossed the line first at 50.78 seconds, and Great Britain’s Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu (50.80 seconds). Zamzam had to defy Al-Qaeda linked al Shabab insurgents orders to be in London.
She had to overcome many obstacles just to finish last even in these games including the lose of Somalia’s Olympic Committee president, Aden Yabarow Wiish, who was killed in April in a bomb that exploded in the national theatre.
She left the track with high sense of pride knowing in the backs of her mind, she did not let down her struggling nation and people.
She walked out feeling of accomplishing something, waving at crowd joyfully.
Somali athletes still lack the resources needed to compete with their competitors. Diet, equipment and facilities remain some of the biggest hardships faced by Somali athletes even after al Shabab were ousted a year ago.
Zamzam is one of only two Somali athletes in the London 2012 Games.
|3||Q||Joy Nakhumicha Sakari||0.2||
|5||Geisa Aparecida Coutinho||0.187||
|7||Zamzam Mohamed Farah||0.405||
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