Friday 22 November 2019

Mitchell does business -- even with broken leg

Manteo Mitchell of the United States competes during the Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 heats on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Manteo Mitchell of the United States competes during the Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 heats on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012. Photo: Getty Images

SOUTH AFRICA'S reinstatement into the men's 4x400m final may have garnered most attention, but America's passage was even more remarkable.

The Proteas were involved in a collision with Kenya before Oscar Pistorius had the chance to run the third leg, but were later handed a place in the final, where they will run in lane nine.

However, Manteo Mitchell had the performance of the morning when he revealed he broke his leg halfway round the track but still managed to finish.

The 25-year-old 200m and 400m runner ran the first leg of America's heat and, although he finished with a limp, there was no obvious sign of the pain he was feeling. "I got out pretty slow, but I picked it up and when I got to the 100m mark it felt weird. As soon as I took the first step past the 200m 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," Mitchell said.

"I knew if I finished strong we could still get it (the baton) around. I saw Josh Mance motioning 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."

Mitchell (left), who ran his leg in 46.1 seconds, said that he had slipped on a stairway this week in the Olympic Village but had completed workouts since, including a warm-up for yesterday's race. After the race an X-ray revealed he had broken his left fibula bone.

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