Prince Mumba will wear Zambian colors when he races during the Olympic 800 meter track event in London. Unofficially, though, he's representing the Santa Monica Track Club and Windward School, NBC Los Angeles has reported.
The South African-born runner, who emerged fourth at the Kortrijkse Guldensporen meeting in Belgium on Sunday, trains and coaches on the Westside, where he's adored by students at the private prep school in Mar Vista.
They call him "more than a coach."
"He has a special place in all of our hearts," Windward student Oliver Curry told NBC. "I think, for this race, we are going to have to go for Zambia, and we are going to have to go for Prince."
Currently in Belgium, Mumba was expected to join his Zambian team members in Scotland before travelling to London on Monday.
Mumba, 28, said "god willing" he will win the medal.
"I ran in the rain today, I know my hard work will pay off soon," he Tweeted on Wednesday.