Olympics 2021: the Tanzanian John Akhwari, symbols of resistance in 1968 (2/5)

A few days before the start of the 2020 Olympics, Sport News Africa offers you a series of podcasts which looks back on unprecedented performances by African athletes at the Olympic Games. A short and original program directed by Amy Wane. This Tuesday July 20 zoom on the Tanzanian John Akhwari who marked the Olympic Games in Mexico.

Jean Akhwari

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Tanzania took part in the marathon. After more than 20 km of running, he blessed himself on the right knee. Akhwari has his leg bandaged and continues the race.

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Tanzania took part in the marathon. After more than 20 km of running, he blessed himself on the right knee. Akhwari has his leg bandaged and continues to run. The dates over an hour of the winner. After the competition, the athlete declares “My country did not send me to Mexico to start the race but to finish it”

Duration: 4mn16s
Source: Olympic Games
Music used: National anthem of Tanzania


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