Runner Manteo Mitchell said he "felt" and "heard" his fibula breaking midway through his lead-off leg of the 4x400-meter relay Thursday morning in qualifying heats. He kept running, going another 200 meters and handing off the baton to Josh Mance. The U.S. went on to finish second in the heat, advancing to the final Friday night.
"I knew if I finished strong we could still get it [the baton] around," Mitchell said. "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'm pretty amazed that I still split 45 seconds on a broken leg."
Wow! A testament to how tough these guys are. Pretty sure I would be rolling around on the ground crying. Hopefully this isn't a career ending injury for him. It's one thing to break a bone, another to continue running on it.
If you're going to break a bone, the fibula is a pretty good one to break. I broke mine a few years ago (horse ), and could still walk around (including untacking, cooling, and putting away said horse) just fine. Neither the doctor or me thought it was broken until the x-ray. I think it only bears 14% of your body weight, IIRC.