Few professional athletes are blessed enough to gain national support and sponsorship, allowing them to focus solely on the grueling competition process. Others have to muster up the time and money to train, travel, and compete. Many Liberians find themselves in the latter group. In between full-time jobs, some Liberian athletes have the energy to not only train and compete, but also win. Their victories matched with the minimal support they often receive makes their medals even more impressive.
Earlier this month Emmanuel Matadi won the men’s 200m African Championship bronze medal. Five years before that, Jangy Addy won the men’s DecathlonAll-Africa Games gold medal and Kou Luogon won the women’s 400m hurdles All-Africa Gamesbronze medal. These world-class competitors are just three of many Liberian athletes who have shined on the international stage.
Liberians don’t usually hear about these names until the Olympics arrive, but these athletes don’t disappear and reappear every four years.
The Olympic road stretches far beyond the opening and closing ceremonies.
Tomorrow at 10am BST, Liberia’s final athlete, in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, will take to the field. Jangy Addy will be competing in TEN events, over the period of TWO days. This young Liberian athlete has already obtained an international GOLD medal for Liberia during the 2011 All-Africa Games in Mozambique. Addy has also represented Liberia at the previous Olympics in Beijing. On August 8th, Liberians around the world will be tuning in to Liberia’s final opportunity to acquire a 2012 Olympic medal. Regardless of what place Liberia takes in this event, we are proud to have qualified and we are proud of Jangy Addy for representing the nation. Visit his page on the site to wish him well. Below is his schedule; we will be updating his page with results as they become available.
*The 400m Decathlon race will be televised on NBC-NY 4:30-5pm EST. For immediate results from London’s Official Olympic Page CLICK HERE
Liberia has made its appearance at the 2012 London Olympics. Currently the Women’s 100m match is taking place and Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi has delivered a solid performance of 11:52. Kutu-Akoi represented Liberia in Heat 3 of Round 1 against Jamaica, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Lithuania, Great Britain, Colombia, and Gambia. She placed 6th and will, unfortunately, not be advancing to the semifinals. However, Liberia is proud of Kutu-Akoi for performing her best; please visit her page to congratulate her on a good performance. Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova,and Nigeria’s Gloria Asumnu all qualified to move onto the next round.
Liberia’s next athletic event will be the Women’s 400m Hurdles on Sunday August 5th. Please visit Raasin Mcintosh and Lou Luogon’s page on the site to wish them well. Stay tuned for more updates.