Uceny Making Peace With Her Olympic Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 14, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM UTC
Morgan Uceny slammed her hands down on the track after being tripped in the Olympic 1500m final. Photo:

She still doesn’t know how she ended up falling in the 1500m final.

In the finals of the 1,500 meters at the Olympics last week, American Morgan Uceny was a heavy favorite to medal. After all, she had clocked the fastest time in the world at the distance last year.

However, Uceny’s medal hopes were dashed with a little more than one lap to go.

The former Cornell University standout was tripped and fell to the ground. After getting back up to her knees, she pounded the track in disgust.

“I still don’t know what happened,” Uceny said upon reflecting on that fateful race. “I’ve heard a few different things from people, but can’t say definitively what or who caused the fall. I remember running in Lane 2 to try to avoid the crowding behind me. I was in a great position at the bell and was feeling great. Once I hit the ground, I was just devastated.”

Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin ended up winning the gold medal, while Uceny got a DNF.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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