Emmanuel Matadi is a track-and-field athlete who lives in Las Vegas and is originally from Liberia. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old to escape a civil war, and many of his extended family members still live in his home country. Emmanuel grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and wrestled and played football during his early high school years. An injury led to his switch to track during his junior year.
He attended Minnesota State, where he captured two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles (60 meters and 200 meters) and was named the NSIC Conference athlete of the week four times. He was also named the USTFCCCA Division II athlete of the week once during the 2014-15 indoor season. As track team captain he guided the 4×400 meter relay team to the championships.
Emmanuel is a two-time NCAA national champion in the 100m and 200m and a record-holder for Liberia in the 60m, 100m and 200m races. He was ranked top 20 in the world and top 5 in Africa for the 100m. He competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 100m and 200m for Liberia.
Emmanuel trains full-time for his home country. During his down time he enjoys photography and listening to music and spoken word.
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