He ran the first leg of the 4 x 800 relay and got his team a nice large lead that they kept for the entire race finishing first. His time was 2:35. ONE GOLD MEDAL.
He ran the 800 meters in 2:40, finishing a close second. ONE SILVER MEDAL.
He ran the mile in 6:03, finishing 4th, but it was a great race with the first 4 all finishing very close together. I'm not sure how they sorted it out but he was definitely 4th. A really cool race to watch! No medal for this one
Right after finishing the mile, he had to run the anchor leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay! I was really worried because he looked totally beat after the mile. His team got an early lead and the next two runners on his team kept it. They handed off to my son with about a 200 meter lead. As soon as he took the baton you could see the other teams catching him. I was sooooooooo worried that he would loose the lead for his team. How horrible would that be! So the 2nd and 3rd place runners were coming on strong, the crowd was screaming and yelling, it was VERY exciting. EXCEPT IF IT'S YOUR SON THEY ARE SCREAMING FOR (OR AT)! I was a wreck! I jumped, I screamed, I pointed, I pulled my hair out, I did everything but go out on the track and run for him. The poor kid just looked TIRED! With 150 meters to go, however, my son kicked in the afterburners and TOASTED those others! He dug down deep and found that extra UMMPH and finished with an amazing kick to bring his team home for ANOTHER GOLD MEDAL!
It was so exciting but I hope it never happens again and I made a point to tell him that after I hugged him! I told him it's OK to win by a mile, really, that's better for everyone!
He ran that last quarter mile in 71 seconds which is not his best but pretty good after having run 2 miles.
Thanks for listening