Thursday, August 9, 2012
Team USA's Manteo Mitchell Breaks Leg During 4x400 Relay, Runs a 46 Split
Yeah, that happened. I think just the title enough says all I need to explain in this article. Stay tuned, I'll be posting the video on as soon as I find it.
Manteo Mitchell finished his 400 meter leg with a time of 46.1 seconds, while running three-quarters of the race on a broken leg.
"I got out pretty slow, but I picked it up and when I got to the 100-meter mark it felt weird," Mitchell said. "I was thinking I just didn't feel right. As soon as I took the first step past the 200-meter mark, I felt it break. I heard it. I even put out a little war cry, but the crowd was so loud you couldn't hear it. I wanted to just lie down. It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half.
"I knew if I finished strong we could still get it around," he said of the baton. "I saw Josh Mance motioning me in for me to hand it off to him, which lifted me. I didn't want to let those three guys down, or the team down, so I just ran on it. It hurt so bad."
I have no words. That is absolutely unbelievable. He felt totally fine during warm-ups and everything, felt fine during workouts, but when it came down to race time, it just completely gave out and snapped on him. And it didn't even phase him.