2001 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd prize

Seamus Murphy

Corbis Saba for Independent Magazine

01 May, 2000

Frank Turay (24), lifting weights made from stones and cement at this home. Turay runs the 200m and 400m and is captain of the 4x400m relay team. Having competed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he is an inspiration to fellow athletes in Sierra Leone. Athletes of the Sierra Leone Olympic squad work to qualify for the Sydney Games. Sierra Leone first attended the Olympics in 1968, but is yet to win any medals. Many of the hopefuls trained and slept in the national stadium in Freetown, with only one cold-water tap and no electricity.

About the photographer

Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy's work as a photojournalist has taken him on frequent assignments to Afghanistan, but also across the world, from Iran, the Palestinian territories and Iraq, to Ken...

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