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2012 Summer OlympicsMedia MonsterWeird But True

A U.S. Track Runner Became The Most Inspirational Story Of The Olympics After Running 200 Meters With A Broken Leg

In a feat of supernatural courage that could make even a virtual Greg Jennings jealous, U.S. 4x400m relay lead-off man Manteo Mitchell “put the team on his back” Thursday afternoon by finishing his split of the relay even though he broke his leg halfway through his run.

Considering what you or I might be able to do on a broken leg, which is limited to maybe breathing and sleeping (though the latter still might be difficult), what Mitchell did on his busted left fibula could go down as one of the greatest Olympic performances of all time.

It wasn’t just that he ran 200 meters on a broken leg. He heard and felt his leg break, which I can only imagine is one of the more terrifying things that can happen to a human. Then he finished his split in an otherworldly 45 seconds (he said he felt like he could go 44 seconds-low back when both of his legs worked).

Finally, his effort propelled the U.S. team to the event final Friday morning. That is an incredible alternative to Mitchell collapsing like when a normal person breaks their leg, leaving his teammates dead in the water. But by some act of God, Mitchell found it in himself to run roughly the length of two football fields on a broken leg.

Oh, and can I remind you that his freakin’ leg was broken? Amazing.

[USA Today, photo via Getty]

  • Kaitlyn Cocuzzo

    This is a very touching story, and I am proud to be an American. 
    I can’t however say that this is the most inspiring story of these Olympics or even this race. Another young man in this race, for South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was born with0ut 2 fibula’s (the bone this guy broke) and still manages to be an Olympic runner.
    Either way, props to both guys, and God Bless the USA

  • Arrogance Terminator

    Kaitlyn – speak for yourself. Actually, I am more inspired by this than Pistorius. Running with this kind of pain is not the same as Pistorius overcoming his handicap (which is an incredible feat). The courage to not stop and push thru this kind of pain both physically and psychologically, are at levels you obviously have never dealt with. 

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    A U.S. Track Runner Became The Most Inspirational Story Of The Olympics After Running 200 Meters With A Broken Leg

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