OLYMPIC MONITOR

AN OLYMPIAN TO GO--FROM TOGO

Two years ago, Dagbovi John Senakwami didn't know how to swim, but today he's tantalizingly close to becoming an Olympian. He has no endorsements and no chance at a medal, but he does have a dream: to be the first swimmer to represent his homeland, the African nation of Togo, in the Olympics. It could be a made-for-TV fable if it weren't for politics.

Despite his muscular build, Senakwami, 30, is not quite a world-class athlete. He's a music teacher who came to New York City in 1987 to further his career. In the meantime, he...

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