من ساحة القتال إلى ملاعب الأولمبياد

آخر تحديث:  الثلاثاء، 7 أغسطس/ آب، 2012، 14:35 GMT

استمع إلى إذاعة بي بي سي

يتوجب على الابطال الأولمبيين اجتياز اختبارات عديدة وبذل جهد كبير للتأهل إلى الألعاب الأولمبية. ولكن لم يبذل أحدهم جهدا أكثر من ذلك الذي بذله المتسابق لوبيز لومونغ الذي يمثل الولايات المتحدة في سباقات الخمسة آلاف متر.

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.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

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يتوجب على الابطال الأولمبيين اجتياز اختبارات عديدة وبذل جهد كبير للتأهل إلى الألعاب الأولمبية. ولكن لم يبذل أحدهم جهدا أكثر من ذلك الذي بذله المتسابق لوبيز لومونغ الذي يمثل الولايات المتحدة في سباقات الخمسة آلاف متر. مراسلة بي بي سي ليانا هوزيا التقت به واستمعت غلى قصته الخارقة للعادة.
The journey to London 2012 for the American runner Lopez Lomong has been long and extraordinary. He was one of the so called Lost Boys – thousands of child refugees who fled civil war in Sudan.

Lopez Lomong: “My journey started when I was six-years-old in the little village of Kimatong. We were in a church when the rebel soldiers came in and ordered everyone to lay down. They took all the young kids to the training camp – I was too young to hold an AK-47 and go to war because I was only six-years-old. I witnessed a lot of kids dying every day because of the food they were giving us. They were giving us grain mixed with sand – a lot of kids were eating this food. But it doesn’t digest in the stomach and they die.”


One night Lopez Lomong managed to crawl out of the rebel camp and started running. He thought he was going back to his village, but his first ever race took him all the way to Kenya, where he spent the next ten years in a refugee camp. Life was hard and he would run to forget his hunger. But one day he caught a glimpse into another world. He spent all the money he had - five shillings - to watch one Olympic race on TV.

Lopez Lomong: “I saw Michael Johnson running the 400 metre final and he ran so fast. What really inspired me so much is that when he went to receive the medal I saw the tears come out of his face – in Africa, a grown-up person cannot cry like that. I thought, why did he cry? He just won the race, he wasn’t last. Eventually I realised he was running behind something bigger than himself – he was running for his country. From that moment, I said I would like to run for that country one day, and he became my rolemodel from that point.”


His dreams came true when the United States agreed to take three and a half thousand of Sudan's Lost Boys as part of a government resettlement programme. He even met his hero Michael Johnson and after years of training he qualified for the Beijing Olympics, where he was their flag bearer.

But he has never forgotten his roots and frequently visits South Sudan, where he helps to provide clean water, education and medicine through his foundation, ‘4 South Sudan’. He truly represents these Olympics because he's not just running for gold for the glory, but to inspire the next generation in America and across Africa.

extraordinary

خارق للعادة

rebel soldiers

جنود المتمردين

witnessed

كان شاهدا

crawl

يزحف

refugee camp

مخيم للاجئين

caught a glimpse

لمح بسرعة

inspired

كان مصدر غلهام

rolemodel

مثل اعلى

flag bearer

حامل العلم

glory

المجد

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