Running on a broken leg!

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10/08/2012 at 12:02

Manteo Mitchell broke his leg during his 4 x 400m relay heat but kept running because he didn't want to let his teammates down, and the US team still finished the heat with the joint fastest time.

That's the kind of teammate you'd want!

10/08/2012 at 12:10

Hardcore, bet he never takes an easy way out on reps! 

10/08/2012 at 15:56

I know, makes me feel guilty about every skipped session for colds etc!

10/08/2012 at 16:00

Could this have stemmed from a stress fracture? I'm confused how his leg could just break otherwise. It's not as if he was in a fall or something unless I've missed something.


10/08/2012 at 16:04

Little Ninja - Apaprently he had a fall in the Olympic village either in the lead up to he race or in the day or 2 before hand.

I am not an expert but I is it possible that with the leg muscles those guys have it could mask a minor injury to the bone but the exertion of a flat out 400m would put it under too much pressure, hence the break? Maybe?! Could also explain how he managed to keep running if there is a lot of muscle to compensate for some of the support lost by a break of the bone?

10/08/2012 at 16:12

That makes a bit more sense. Thanks WiB

10/08/2012 at 16:17

Well 'ard bloke!

10/08/2012 at 16:29

Still sounds incredibly painful and hardcore, antone remember that Coventry footballer David Busst who broke a leg during a televised match and you can see it bend before it snaps, yuk.

10/08/2012 at 16:31

Monty Python and the Holy Grail comes to mind... 'It's just a flesh wound'

kittenkat    pirate
10/08/2012 at 16:54

Um... unless it's a clean break and then it would be physically impossible to run on it. It's not actually such an achievement. I've run on a broken ankle, the adrenalin means you don't feel the pain.

I will just add that I was pissed at the time as well so I had that extra pain buffer. But it's very possible and not that brave.

You really don't feel it until you stop. The next morning I couldn't even put my foot on the floor without screaming.

10/08/2012 at 16:57

Maybe he was drunk too?

10/08/2012 at 17:28

Isn't the fibula a non weight bearing bone so that's how he continued?


kittenkat    pirate
10/08/2012 at 17:49
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Maybe he was drunk too?

He might go up in my estimation if he was.

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