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Emmanuel Matadi places 6th in his Men’s 100 meters heat clocking a 10.31 sec race. He will not advance to the Men’s 100 m Semi-finals, but he still has a chance in the Men’s 200 meters race on Tuesday August 16.
Mariam finishes up her Women’s 400m Olympic debut in 52.73 secs. Great job and thanks for representing Liberia. She will not advance to the Semi finals, but she ran a good race.
Day three of the Olympics is underway and many countries have begun collecting medals. Team USA leads the medal count with 12 total wins, while Italy and China follow.
Written by Manseen Logan, Photo ©2015 Steve Strother Photo & Video
“Liberia was going through a war and I was proud to represent my country. I was proud to show that there was still hope for us.” -Sayon Cooper
Grow up. Become a soccer star. The typical Liberian boy aspires to reach these two milestones.
Before heading to Rio, Liberia’s track team coach, Sayon Cooper sat in his office at the Morehouse School of Medicine and reflected on how his soccer dreams turned into track and field success.
“I didn’t know anything about going to college for free on a track scholarship,” Sayon Cooper admits.
The Parade of Nations is the most highly anticipated portion of the Opening Ceremony. Typically, nations display outfits of their respective cultures. For Rio 2016, many nations decided to go the casual route in simple pieces of blazers and slacks/shorts sets; similar to Liberia’s outfit choice in its first appearance at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
The traditional full garb of Liberia made its appearance at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and has remained true to this style even now in Rio.
For the pass 2 weeks, we’ve tirelessly watched our Liberian athletes represent Liberia in fierce competition. What might have taken us seconds or days to watch,has taken these athletes YEARS to prepare for. The road to the next Olympic Game starts HERE. The next four years will consist of practicing, training, competing, and qualifying; all in an effort to represent our Dear Liberia in 2016 and possibly bring her a medal. The journey to Rio begins NOW. May the 2012 Liberian Olympic Team inspire other Liberian athletes to begin their quest for the GOLD. May these future athletes receive support from family, friends, the Liberian government, businesses and fellow Liberians around the world. This is by no means an easy journey, but it is one that is possible (as these Olympians and the ones before them have proven). Congratulations 2012 Liberian Olympic Team on a job well done; best wishes to those beginning their journey to RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.