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On the Olympic track: Would you keep running on a broken leg?

mi-manteo-mitchell-480-cp03097706.jpgThe Olympics have a storied history of heroism and extreme effort. Athletes spend years in training, living incredibly disciplined lives for even a hope of a chance of taking the podium. So when American sprinter Manteo Mitchell felt his leg break during a relay race, was he going to quit running and let down his team? No, he absolutely was not.

Mitchell was running the first left of men's 4x400m relay, when about halfway through the race he said he heard something go POP!

"It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half," he told the Associated Press.

Instead of stopping, Mitchell powered another 200 metres down the track to finish his lap. Then he hobbled to the side of the track and watched as his teammates finished the relay. Not only did the U.S. team qualify for the final, they tied the Bahamas in that heat with a time of two minutes, 58.87 seconds, the fastest that race has ever been run the in first round at the Olympics.
 
The sprinter was later diagnosed with a broken left fibula, and put in a cast. He traces the roots of his injury to a fall down the stairs in the athletes' village a few days earlier.  

Mitchell's broken leg is reminiscent of another U.S. athlete who stayed in the game to help a team win. Gymnast Kerri Strug completed her vaults on an injured ankle in Atlanta in 1996 to help her team win gold in the team all-around competition.

Although Mitchell's racing days are over for these Games, he could still get a medal if his relay team finishes on the podium since he raced in the preliminaries.

So what would you have done in Mitchell's shoes (or cleats)?


(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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