Beouch Ngirchongor

For Pacific athletes, getting to worlds is what matters most

After work, it's back to the track, where he runs alone. “I have a coach, but no more athletes, they've all gone to college,” he says.

For Ngirchongor, all the hard work paid off this week when he competed on the same track as Usain Bolt in the preliminaries of the 200 meters at the world championships.

He posted the slowest time of all 54 runners in the field, finishing more than three seconds behind Bolt, but set a new personal best of 23.93 seconds.