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Sprinter who lived rough in London hoping to resume career

Sprinter who lived on UK streets rather than return to Ebola-hit home hoping to resume career

Sprinter who lived rough in London hoping to resume career

LONDON (AP) -- A sprinter from Sierra Leone who has been living on the streets of London because he was afraid of returning to his Ebola-blighted homeland is hoping to resume his career in Britain after an outpouring of support.

Jimmy Thoronka has been sleeping rough since traveling to London after the Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city of Glasgow in August.

Fearing his sporting career was over, Thoronka said: "I felt I was just a dead person because I had a dream, and the dream didn't come true."

The 20-year-old Thoronka was arrested last week for overstaying his visa, but wants permission to stay in Britain.

Fundraising web pages were set up in recent days, and Thoronka says he feels excited about starting running again.


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:44 GMT+08:00