The bang from the gun pierces the air, and mechanically Akrong is out of the blocks and sprinting to the finish line. He crosses first, breaking his personal record, only to realize he's missed the Olympic mark by two-hundredths of a second off the B standard qualifying time of 10.25 seconds. Akrong has clocked in at 10.27.
Laryea-Akrong is a runner, Latter-day Saint and Olympic hopeful. The 29-year-old who competes for the Utah Valley University track team fell just short of qualifying for the Olympics for his home country of Ghana, but persists in chasing his dream.