For any Olympian, representing your nation on the world stage is a heart-pumping and humbling experience. But few will find more reason to be excited than Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan.
Sat in the dark changing rooms of the Maracanã stadium, Hassan can hear the chanting of hundreds of thousands of fans above her. She’s going to head out onto the track and compete against some of the very best athletes from around the world.
Hassan is about to do something incredible. With the hopes of 11 million people resting on her shoulders, she is set to become the first ever runner from South Sudan to make it to the Olympic games.
Just 18-years- old, she has fought against all the odds to reach the highest echelons of athletics and compete in the most prestigious of sporting events.
After being displaced from her family in the war with Sudan, Hassan was encouraged by a friend to compete in a race and discovered her talent for running. She soon began training to hone her natural talents and managed to enter to compete in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Now the International Olympic Committee has recognised South Sudan as a competitor in the Olympic Games, and this is Hassan’s time to shine.
She’s nervous, but Hassan has trained for this very moment. Her country is behind her with their full support, and chanting her name while she races against competitors from all over the world.
To mentally prepare for the big race, Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan is using a pair of Samsung’s brand new Icon X Earbud headphones.
Paired with a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, this pairing will offers her the best in performance, which she needs at this crucial moment to ensure she gets the most focused music she needs to before her big race.
Samsung has been involved with the Olympics since the Seoul 1988 games right up until the Rio 2016 games. But the support doesn’t stop there – Samsung is set to collaborate on the PyeongChang games in 2018 and Tokyo games in 2020.
Watch below to see Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan’s journey play out for yourself.