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By Shashank Bengali
LONDON — In Guor Marial’s first marathon, he posted a time good enough to qualify for the Olympics. Perhaps that’s because when he was growing up, he has said, he got used to running from people who were trying to kill him.
When Marial, 28, lines up for the marathon on Sunday, the final day of the London Olympic Games, it will mark the culmination of a remarkable journey from his war-torn homeland in Africa to the United States and on to the biggest athletic competition in the world.
It will be just his third time running the 26.2-mile race. The road he’s traveled to get here must make that distance seem minuscule.
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