August 9, 2012
The United States' Manteo Mitchell competes in a 4x400-meter relay heat at Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Thursday. Manteo had half a lap to go in the first leg of the 4x400-meter relay preliminaries Thursday and a choice to make: keep running or stop and lose the race. To him, it was never much of a choice. He finished the lap and limped to the side to watch the Americans finish the race and qualify easily for the final. A few hours later, doctors confirmed what he suspected: He had run the last 200 meters with a broken left fibula.
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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Albany’s Taylor gets nod to run for 4x400 team in final after teammate breaks leg
After Angelo Taylor watches his teammate Manteo Mitchell break his leg Thursday in qyalifying, the Albany native replaces him in the 4x400 final today, but not before calling Mitchell a "hero" for still finishing the race.