US sprinter Manteo Mitchell runs 200m on broken leg

US 400m runner Manteo Mitchell reveals that he ran the second half of his leg in the relay on a broken leg this morning.

United States 400m runner Manteo Mitchell has revealed that he ran the second half of his race in a 4x400m heat with a broken leg this morning.

The 25-year-old ran the opening leg of the race and still managed a 46.1s lap before handing over to his teammate.

"As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark, I felt it break," the 25-year-old told the USA Track and Field website.

"I didn't want to let the three guys or the team down, so I just ran on it.

"It hurt so bad. I'm pretty amazed that I still split [close to] 45 seconds on a broken leg."

USA Track and Field chief executive Max Siegel described Mitchell as an "inspiration" and "hero" after his efforts, which meant that the US quartet could progress to the final of the event.

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