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Second chance for Sudanese Olympic wonder-boy
A 23-year old "Lost Boy" from Sudan carried the US Olympic flag and sees his Olympic dream as a second chance to life. Lopez Lomong, performs for the US as a 1,500-meter runner.
Lomong was one of 3,800 boys who suffered in the Sudanese genocide but was brought to the US in 2001. Ten years earlier, he had been forced out of Sunday worship as his church by local militia and taken to a death camp. He survived on millet seed mixed with sand and managed to escape with three other boys. They crossed the border into Kenya and lived in a refugee camp for 10 years.
In 2001, he was fostered by a family in New York. To cope with the huge change and pain in his life, he went on a daily 30 km run and was then spotted for the cross-country team at Northern Arizona University. He qualified for the US Olympic team in June.
Lopez Lamong is a devout Christian who recognises the hand of God on his life.
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