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  1. #1
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    Mar. 11, 2011

    Default USA Runner finishes relay on broken leg

    From the article:
    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.

  2. #2
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    Oct. 15, 2011


    For me that story walks a fine line between admirable and crazy. I admire his strength but like, he could have really messed himself up (worse)!!
    *Wendy* 4.17.73 - 12.20.05

  3. #3
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    Feb. 14, 2012
    Fern Creek, KY


    I think that there is so much adrenaline running through the heat of that moment, that it gives them ability to power through stuff like that.

    So admirable! Now that he has a broken leg though, do they have an alternate to run for them? The article said that they have to put together a new team, but that seems hardly fair.

  4. #4
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    Mar. 11, 2011


    As I understood it, the alternate is LaShawn Merritt, who also was injured in the 400m. If Merritt is unable to compete, they may use a runner from the 400m hurdles.

  5. #5
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    Mar. 4, 2004
    Louisville, KY


    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.
    *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*

  6. #6
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    Nov. 10, 2010


    What a fantastic story! And he's a Catamount from Western Carolina University (just down the road from me). Hooray!!! Way to go, Manteo!

  7. #7
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    Dec. 7, 2001
    Cullowhere?, NC


    Yup, we're pretty proud of him.
    "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

    Spay and neuter. Please.

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