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Runner Breaks Achilles Tendon, Finishes 400 Meter Hurdles Anyway


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The Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships took place last Saturday. Shelby Erdahl represented Idaho State University in the 400 meter hurdles.

At the beginning of the race, Erdahl's achilles tendon broke. It didn't just strain or pull, but broke all the way through.

A lesser person might decide to call it a day. But that's not who Shelby Erdahl is. Though she was crying in agony from the pain, she finished the full race, limping along the track and carefully stepping over the hurdles.

Though badly injured, Erdahl completed the course without disqualification, thus scoring a point for her team. CBS Sports (auto-start video) quotes her:

"I never really thought of stopping," she said. "To me that would have let myself, my team, and my coaches down."

-via Huffington Post


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