There were many heroes in the recent London Olympic Games but American sprinter Manteo Mitchell has to be one of them. The 25 year old ran the first leg in their 4x400m relay, he was at the 100m mark and his leg he claimed ‘felt weird.’ As soon as he was at the 200m mark ‘I felt it break’ he said. ‘ I heard it. I even put out a little war cry but the crowd was so loud you couldn’t hear it.”
Incredibly he kept running, ‘I didn’t want to let those three guys down so I just ran on it. It hurt so bad.’
His efforts weren’t in vain as his team mates went on to finish with fastest time ever run in the first round of the relay, 2:58:87.
Unfortunately Mitchell was in no way able to run in the final, but he really put his body on the line for his team mates.