WCU alumnus and former track and field standout Manteo Mitchell received a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London after his teammates came in second in the finals of the men’s 4×400-meter relay on Friday.
Mitchell, who is currently enrolled in the university’s graduate physical education program, ran the first leg of the relay for Team USA during a qualifying race Thursday morning. Mitchell suffered a broken bone in his leg during the race, but he still finished his part of the relay, ensuring that the U.S. would have a chance to finish the race and continue on to the finals. The qualifying heat ended with the U.S. men in a photo-finish tie for first place, earning them a spot in the Friday finals.
After running his part of the relay Thursday on a broken leg, Mitchell immediately became a media sensation, with accounts of his performance broadcast across the nation and around the world.
Mitchell’s track teammates finished the relay finals in second place with a time of 2:57:05. Mitchell was awarded a silver medal along with his teammates because he competed in the qualifying heat.
USA Track & Field posted a report about Mitchell’s injury
Mitchell’s biographical page on the USA Track & Field website
Final results from the men’s 4×400-meter relay
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