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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“I have to live in that moment, not the moment that just happened. Even if I get another chance to run, I’m just super blessed that I’m here and even able to talk to [reporters]. It’s amazing like I’m able to go onto this stage and show you guys this is me.

“So that’s just what I want to continue to do, to show who I am. If it wasn’t today, I’ll try again tomorrow. But that’s not going to stop me from trying to be a hero.”

Not finishing the race Sunday, even after falling, apparently was not an option.

“That’s what heroes do,” Jewett said. “They show their humanity through who they are and show that they’re good people.”

But even before the ruling on his protest, Jewett lamented the lost chance to finish the semifinal at full speed.


“I felt like I had a really good chance at running in the final and that’s just super devastating because I felt like I was starting to show people who I am,” Jewett said. “And now, of course, I got to show them here and I’m super blessed for that.

“But now it’s like in the final, where I felt I was going to show everyone in the world, I lost that opportunity.”

Jacobs won the 100 in 9.8 seconds, becoming the first man other than Jamaica’s Usain Bolt to win the gold medal in the event since 2008. American Fred Kerley won silver in 9.84 seconds and Andre De Grasse of Canada won bronze, finishing in 9.89 seconds.

Rojas leaped 51 feet 5 inches to win the gold medal, breaking the record of 50 feet 10¼ inches that Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets had set in 1995.

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