Olympic sprinter Emmanuel Matadi is in for quite the surprise when he looks out at the crowd in Rio de Janeiro and sees his mother smiling back at him.
As reported, Florence Matadi is on her way to the Games this weekend, after efforts from her church setting up a GoFundMe campaign successfully raises funds for her trip. Matadi’s mother, who has been homeless since losing her home to a fire in 2013, is having her dreams come true by being able to support her son in person as he does his native country Liberia proud.
Florence Matadi’s son will be competing in the 100-meter and 200-mete dash, and his mother will make it to Rio in time for the elimination trials.
"She'll be in Rio until the end of the Games with her son supporting him," a GoFundMe rep stated. "Any additional funds are going to be used to help her get back on her feet."
The campaign has raised over $6,000 since the crowdfunding site verified the campaign.
While the athlete took to Instagram (see below) to express his frustration he wasn’t pleased with his latest performance, perhaps having his mother cheer him on will be the good luck charm he needs in his remaining races.
(Photo: Emmanuel Matadi via Instagram)