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South Sudan honours country’s top athlete and beauty queen


September 1, 2012 (JUBA) – Guor Marial, the South Sudanese marathon runner who participated at the London 2012 Olympic Games as an independent athelete, was on Friday honoured by the South Sudanese government.

Guor Marial outside the Olympic Village in London the day after running in the London 2012 marathon. 13 August 2012 (Tom Law/ST)

Marial, fled from South Sudan’s Unity State during the civil war sought asylum in the United States of America. He was unable to represent South Sudan as the year-old nation does not have an Olympic Committee so was invited to run as an Independent Olympic Athlete.

During the London world Olympic Games last month the young South Sudanese received extensive media coverage due to his inspirational story. His participation seemed unlikely at first as he turned down the opportunity to run for Sudan. Marial’s press coverage led the International Olympic Committee to grant him special status so he could compete.

Marial came a respectable 47th out of a field of over a hundred with a time of 2:19:32, which way over his personal best as he was at the wrong stage of his training cycle due to his last minute entry to the Games.

The day after his race Marial told Sudan Tribune that he "wished it was a race [he] had prepared for. That would have been much better" but added that in this case finishing was "just as important" as it put the young nation on the international sporting map for the first time.

Despite wearing the Olympic colours Marial wore a bead-woven bracelet bearing the flag of South Sudan during his participation in the London games. Now aiming for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 Marial hopes to run wearing the national colours of South Sudan.

Marial believes that had he rained and prepared properly he could have finished in the top ten positions.

On Friday the South Sudan’s cabinet resolved to honour and support the young athlete for the next games as well encourages others with various talents in sports to develop such promising talents.

Minister of Information and official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune that the government was ready to receive Marial should he decide to visit the country in the near future.

Marial also added that another achievement which brought smile on the faces of South Sudanese is the fact that Atong Demach, a young lady from Jonglei state, has came 4th in this year’s Miss World Contest in China, coming first among the nations from African.

Miss World contestent, South Sudan’s Atong Demach, poses for a photo as she waits backstage prior to a rehearsal for the final ceremony at the Ordos Stadium Arena in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos on August 17, 2012. (Getty)

Miss Atong, who is currently in Juba, will hold the position for one year after which another beauty contest shall take place. Minister Marial said the cabinet resolved to present her with a prize in recognition of her achievement.

He said the government is proud of the two young talented South Sudanese for helping putting the young nation on the world map.


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  • 2 September 2012 08:00, by Madina Tonj

    That is the beauty woman that I need to get marriage with her if possible. She is real very attractive woman any way thank for your trying to surprised world

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    • 2 September 2012 11:44, by Loko El Pollo

      Madina Tonj,you will not be allow to marry a 17 year old Bor girl when you are hovering at 65 and 70.lest you triple the amount of dowries which will send you packing.

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      • 2 September 2012 14:04, by Mi diit

        Guys, I propose that the young athlet Guor Marial and the beautiful young girl Atong Demach should get married. They are an excellent match and can be an exemplary couple and symbol of success. The two of them have made us proud.

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        • 2 September 2012 15:06, by Loko El Pollo

          If you felt in love with Guor Marial,then marry him or give him your daughter if you have one.did you inquired about his status,may be he is married already.if he is nuer,then forget about it budy? for we have handsome bor suitors who will be willing to pay anything for her.ngok can marry her as long as he pay long horns bor cows.no animals that look like cows please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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          • 3 September 2012 08:37, by Mi diit

            Loko El Pollo,
            May be is because I felt in love with this beautiful girl called Atong De Mach because I know her personality. Or don’t you believe in intermarriage between different communities or states in South Sudan? Are you a tribal diehard?

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        • 2 September 2012 15:35, by Hardball

          If Sudan-black-Arabs were that smart, they would have been in control of South Sudan wealth and power. Jalaby analogy is tainted by fact that they lost hope in South Sudan wealth. Just hopeless people throwing everything at the drain! There are no facts behind Dinka and Nuer as the world greatest athletes. We haven’t seen that in the Olympics or Sudan and other tribes would agree.

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          • 2 September 2012 15:38, by Hardball

            Jalaby do you remember that when you Sudan-black-Arabs go to the Middle-East, you’re called African “Niggers”! And when you wear that white-turbans dress called jalabia, they comments that look “the flies dropped in the milk” Because you’re black and dressed in white. And here you’re ashamed of your blackness and associate yourselves with people who make fun you! How sad!

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        • 3 September 2012 14:59, by Fuckequatera

          You guys Guor Marial is not a nuer he is a Dinka from panaruu in parieng county.it doesn,t mean when he is from unity than he is a nuer.

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  • 2 September 2012 08:40, by Jalaby

    Absolutely, Dinka & Nuer are excellent in all jobs that related to athlete and power based activities such as running,wrestling,boxing,etc but very poor and contributing very less when it comes to science and technology jobs related!

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    • 2 September 2012 09:05, by Jalaby

      Unfortunately, black Americans new role in US after the slavery is over is to entertain white people that’s why you see majority of them overwhelming all athletic activities such as boxing,wrestling,running,etc.
      White people pay money to them and then enjoy seeing them fighting in boxing or wrestling tournament and hitting their faces and injuring themselves badly!

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      • 2 September 2012 09:19, by Jalaby

        Many white people believe black people are good only in jobs that related to muscles and athlete, they have strong bodies but less mind that’s why you rare find them in scientific area or as inventors!
        some white racists believe if Obama wasn’t raised by white family and raised by black family then he would be a big drug dealer rather than being US president!

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        • 2 September 2012 10:49, by Maverick Southerners

          Wow! Jallabi, your simplification of the achievements of these talented young South Sudanese is clearly a case of sour grapes.Obviously you’re envious of their achievements because it tells the world about the fact that your Islamic government had really impeded talents of many South Sudanese for many years. By the way, this party is supposed to be only for South Sudanese and friends.

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          • 2 September 2012 11:16, by Maverick Southerners

            ...Gatecrashers and suckers like your good-for-nothing athletes are not allowed to rub elbows with real go-getters like these young diehard and proud Africans, South Sudanese. Before you meddle in our affairs, go beg real Arabs for recognition as just Arab-wana-bes, otherwise you will have no place because Africans are shunning you since you are downright disgrace to black people around the world

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            • 2 September 2012 11:32, by Maverick Southerners

              Guys, not only do Jallabi’s views about his own black people reflect prevalent lack of confidence with North Sudanese, but also rampant brainwashing campaign that has been going on for many years. People are told to embrace Arab identity over their own African blackness. Can’t these numbskull North Sudanese get it through their thick skulls you gotta be proud of who you are?

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              • 2 September 2012 12:01, by Maverick Southerners

                I think North Sudanese are so desperate to be called Arabs when they are just bunch of Arab-wanna-bes.They also want to be called smart people when they are just bunch of suckers. If you think Africans are not smart, real Arabs are not smart either. Let’s face it, they are not good in education as well as Sport. They are stone-age minded bunch if you one really thinks about Arabs roles in the worl

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        • 2 September 2012 10:56, by Loko El Pollo

          Jalaby,if you look into black history,you will learn that they are also good at innovations.most american famous cardiologists and inventors were blacks.their problem is hip-hop which distorted their brains at early ages.

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        • 2 September 2012 11:39, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          Dear Jalaba
          I like how you confessed today by saying Nuer and Dinka are the best fighters in Whole Sudan, I think you can appreciated Susan Rice and Ban Ki Boon who orders SPLA to unconditionally withdrew from Higleg, otherwise it was the worst worriest in history for the Khartoumist, they couldn’t belief that SPLA can listen to Susan Rice.

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        • 2 September 2012 12:29, by copmakalib.

          Jababy, can you tell us, who was an Arab blooded man ever ruled United State since the beginning. We Africa + Westerners combined to produce a World well talented president Obama especiall derived from Luo of Bharelgazel. Arab born squirrels can’t rule the world, because your blood is being contaminated with terrorism, highest incest, cowardice and ignorance. Who can you talk to, really?

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      • 2 September 2012 10:56, by Logic

        Dirty Jalabia
        You’re truly misguided and describing your own inabilities, history is usually written by the victor, there were many inventions and notable achievement by Blacks through out history but much was altered to suit the victor’s history.
        Research a bit more and you may realize how much the black mind has achieved.

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        • 2 September 2012 11:29, by Jalaby

          Mr. No Logic,
          You can’t really deny the fact that white people pay money to black people and then becoming very excited when watching them fighting and hurting themselves badly!
          Boxing,wrestling,running,basketball players stars, musicians, and all entertainment activities are closed for blacks, white people also pay them for having some drugs & marijuana!

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    • 2 September 2012 09:07, by Bolman

      Jalaby you re right infact Nuer&Dinka they leave your ass alive instead send your ass to hell and burn off your failure mind of Unity Nuer&Dinka they suppose to send you free last time aways be careful next time you will get you suppose to get first shut up snd your on fire

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      • 2 September 2012 11:30, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Dear Jalaba,
        If you belief, accepted and recognised that Nuer and Dinka are the best fighter in while Sudan as they shown their experienced to you during Panthow/Higleg war, then advised Bashir to evacuated Abyei, Higleg, South kordofan and South blue Nile before Nuer and Dinka lost their temper to dislodge out of Khartoum.

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    • 2 September 2012 11:53, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Dear Jalaba
      Your wounded brothers who escaped among 24,000 Sudan Army Force killed by strong SPLA 4division under the command of general Gatduel and POW who were captured and released later during Heglig/ Panthou war gave you the facts about Nuer and Dinka talents and skills in handling war, so please submit Bashir to ICC for the lost of nearly 1,000,000 Darfurian killed through his orders.

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    • 2 September 2012 12:03, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Hi Jalaba
      Please to save many Northerners lives submit Bashir to ICC sooner before its too late or before we send general Bol Kong, Maboto Mamuor and Deng Wek to hurt, capture him alive and take him to ICC through Juba international airport.

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      • 2 September 2012 13:10, by Jalaby

        Mr. Simon,
        I believe Dinka & Nuer could be a good fighters during the middle centuries era only where the fighting at that time was depending on muscles and big body that can use the sword and spear but nowadays the fighting depends on technology & intelligent weapons that depend on brain wise where Dinka & Nuer seem to be very poor on that area unfortunately

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        • 2 September 2012 13:17, by Jalaby

          Frankly speaking, Dinka are known to be the tallest people in our planet, I believe basketball players could perfectly fit their profile since they’re very tall people, I think they could show unbelievable talent and legend if given a chance in basketball game, they won’t entertain white people only but rather all the people in our planet!

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          • 2 September 2012 13:55, by Maverick Southerners

            Jallaby, you know it well that Dinkas and Nuers can beat your ass in Basketball, so tell your people to better stay outside the field and just be Dinkas and Nuers’ cheerleaders. Just watch the men do the men’s jobs. Ladies go to your kitchens! Oh you cannot cheer us because you are still bitter for our independence? By the way, what are you people good at? I’m just curious.

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    • 2 September 2012 13:31, by whatsayyou

      To Jalabby, what a held are talking about Dika n Nuer are good in every thing. If it come to science and technology you are talking about they are also expert.take an example of Dr. John Garang,Dr. Riak Machar,Dr.Branabas Marial, prof. Machar kecual,Prof. Timothy telar Dhol, and so on.you deceiving your self.

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      • 2 September 2012 14:02, by Jalaby

        Mr. Whatsayyou,
        You provided a good example for poor understanding! man, I’m talking plural and you’re talking singular!!

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        • 2 September 2012 14:26, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          Hi Jalaba
          May you go back and read your first message, if you don’t short term memory then its your message that said Dinka and Nuer are the only powerful people so now other messaged contradicted your first important messaged which was recorded world wide that Dinka and Nuer are indeed powerful man kind on earth including the modern technology that is why SPLA killed 24,000SAF in Higleg war.

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  • 2 September 2012 11:42, by BlackNationGreatNation

    Jalaby ur simply of shit .... the history has changed. God bless THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN, . Black N proud.

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  • 2 September 2012 12:32, by copmakalib.

    Jababy, can you tell us, who was an Arab blooded man ever ruled United State since the beginning. We Africa + Westerners combined to produce a World well talented president Obama especiall derived from Luo of Bharelgazel. Arab born squirrels can’t rule the world, because your blood is being contaminated with terrorism, highest incest, cowardice and ignorance. Who can you talk to, really?

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  • 2 September 2012 12:54, by thok chuni yok

    first,first but take care.

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  • 3 September 2012 08:24, by Samuel Malual

    Jalaba- Amok loduii jalaba ic meth ting raaca. Our activeness shouldn’t concern you anymore since we have accommodated you in our land. You came from a desert Area where there were no water, rivers and other useful resources soon after your grandfather discovered our beautiful land, you became a salt trader in the land of black the sudan. What is funny about your phrophet Mohammad he was a gay.

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