Jaime is a native of Bentiu, South Sudan. His dad was in the military and was killed in 1999 while fighting. James helped his father with the livestock when he was a kid.
When war broke out in South Sudan, he fled the country to avoid being conscripted. After he and his family landed in Kenya in 2002, he went straight to the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Where the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) helped him out. He got to his new school and immediately began running.
He began training at the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in 2013 after being convinced to apply by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
J. Chiengjiek has participated in a number of international sporting contests and has been a member of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.
Which has sent athletes to both the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tokyo 2020 to run in the 400-meter dash.
J. Chiengjiek and two of his Olympic teammates relocated to Canada after Tokyo 2020 to attend Sheridan College. He is now a dedicated student-athlete training for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
It doesn’t matter where the athletes participating in the Olympic Games come from, what is important is never to give up hope of living and their dreams. Train hard before the game, keep an eye on the track during the game, start boldly, and chase the medals that symbolize honor. Get the race medals custom for the winners, which are the pursuit and honor of athletes.
J. Chiengjiek Started Running in Kakuma
J. Chiengjiek was a livestock herder in South Sudan before he escaped the country to avoid being enlisted as a juvenile soldier.
Soon after his arrival in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, he enrolled in school and began running, joining a group of older boys who were preparing for long-distance competitions.
Yet first hiccups needed to be worked out. “We all got hurt really badly due of the shoes we were wearing,” he explained.
“We then began to divide and conquer. If you happen to have an extra pair of shoes lying around, donate them to someone who needs them more.”
He was convinced to audition for the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, and he passed muster.
The South Sudanese runner J. Chiengjiek (born March 2, 1992) currently resides in Kenya where he trains.
The IOC has chosen him to be a member of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) and send him to the 2016 Summer Olympics. He finished dead last in his 400-meter heat.
He had also qualified to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but he finished dead last in his 800 metre heat after stumbling over an unintentional touch from another runner.