Thursday, 16 August 2012
Olympic silver medalist and Western Carolina University alumni Manteo Mitchell brought a whole new meaning to his motivational phrase Faith, Focus and Finish during last Thursday's 4x400 meter relay Olympic Trial race.
The former Catamount Track and Field standout had 200 meters to go in the first leg of the 4x400-meter relay preliminaries when he heard a “pop.” With his relay partner cheering him on to hand off the baton, Mitchell fought through the pain and finished his leg of the race.
Mitchell limped to the side of the track and watched his team tie for first with the team from the Bahamas with a time of 2:58.87. After the race, Team USA announced that Mitchell's left fibula cracked midway through his stretch of the race forcing him to finish the last 200 meters of the race with a broken leg.