As a teenager growing up in Nigeria, Daniel Igali decorated his bedroom wall with a poster of a Canadian athlete, Ben Johnson. Back then, before scandal struck, the sprinting sensation was a source of inspiration. Igali, an athlete at least as talented as his erstwhile hero, has achieved almost as much competitively as Johnson, but he has experienced none of the celebrity since moving to Canada.By Chris Wood
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