"I've been begging on the roadside



said the athlete who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Athletics Men's 100 meters on the 29th with tears.

It was a feeling of continuing to believe that I realized that dream.

This player is the Norwegian national team for track and field men and is a 27-year-old math teacher, Salmuageze Kashafari.

Born in the current Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa, he says he managed to find food and survive his days as a child due to the effects of the civil war.

He left his home country as a refugee with his family at the age of 11 and arrived in Norway, where he began athletics at the age of 17.

"I never imagined a life with a roof over my head and food on the table every day," said Kashafari, who subsequently suffered a significant loss of vision due to a congenital retinal disease, but did not give up and practiced. He continued to make his first appearance at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

And in the men's 100-meter final held on the night of the 29th, the sixth day of the tournament, Kashafari accelerated at a stretch toward the middle stage, and when he separated the other players, the time was 10 seconds 43, which exceeded the world record by 2/100 seconds. Won a gold medal in.

After the finish, he raised his sword, covered his face with both hands and crouched on the track, and he seemed to be impressed.

After the competition, Kashafari said, "I've experienced a lot from civil war with bullets to starvation, but being one of the best players on the spot is very significant to me." I said.

"I've come to this point when I was begging on the roadside. I kept believing. I can accomplish anything," she said with tears, and the importance of believing in dreams without losing difficulty. I sued.