U.S. Runner Breaks Leg, Finishes Relay

Team qualifies for 4x400m final

Ryan O'Hanlon

Since 1952, The U.S. men’s team has won every Olympic 4x400m relay it has competed in—and that streak’s still alive thanks to a man with a broken leg. American Manteo Mitchell broke his leg halfway through the opening leg of a 4x400m qualifying heat, but he kept running and passed the baton, registering a time of 46.1 seconds. “It hurt so bad,” said the 25-year-old. “I’m pretty amazed that I still split 45 seconds on a broken leg.” So is everyone else. The U.S. team finished the race with a time of 2:58.87, qualifying for today’s final. After the race, doctors diagnosed Mitchell with a completely broken left fibula, which will take four to six weeks to heal. The 4×400 team also lost LaShawn Merrit and Jeremy Wariner to injury over the past week.