U.S. runner Isaiah Jewett falls in 800-meter semifinals, then embodies the Olympic spirit

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

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“And that was my version of trying to be a hero, standing up and up and showing good character even if it’s my rival or whoever I’m racing, or if anything happened.”

Immediately after the race, it was not clear what caused the runners to fall.

Jewett said it felt as if he had been hit in the back of his heel, which threw off his stride and caused his legs to tangle.

“I just fell from there, from what I remember at least,” he said. “I just remember hitting my head, too.”

Amos offered an immediate apology, Jewett said.

“He’s like, ‘Sorry,’” Jewett said. “I said, ‘It’s OK, man.”


Amos said he did not know what happened.

“I found myself down,” he said, “But at the end of the day, that’s the sport, and that’s the 800. That’s what makes it interesting, isn’t it?”

Jewett said a protest had been filed and that he was “very hopeful” that officials would consider his case and place him in the final. But according to the Olympics information website late Sunday, Amos was advanced to the next round by the referee. Jewett was not.

“This is the 800, so it could end wrong,” Jewett said before the ruling on his protest. “But I’m super blessed because not a lot of people got to be here.


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