LONDON (AP) — Brazilian sprinter Yohansson Nascimento fell about a third of the way through the 100-meter final at the Paralympics. He then watched in agony on the track as his rivals completed the race.
Race officials tried to help Nascimento. But, undeterred by the pain in his left leg, he brushed them off. And, with a crowd of some 80,000 applauding, he hobbled to the finish line in tears.
Xu Zhao of China won in 11.05 seconds. Nascimento, who captured the 200-meter title Sunday, finished the 100 in 1 minute, 30.79 seconds.
His gallant finish evoked memories of the 1992 Olympics when Derek Redmond was helped across the finish line by his father after his hamstring popped in the 400 semifinals.