The Greatest Last Place Finish Ever In the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games, a runner from Tanzania, named John Stephen Akhwari, would compete in the marathon. He suffered a bad a fall but he got up and kept running. Running on a badly injured leg, a voice called from within to go on. When asked why he did not quit, he said simply . . . 'My country did not send 5000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5000 miles to Finish the race'