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Uceny Receives Hometown Hero’s Welcome

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 4, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM UTC
Morgan Uceny is making peace with her fall in the Olympic final. Photo: Zimbio.com

A small town in Indiana turns out to comfort the Olympian.

It’s a fact that former Cornell University standout, Morgan Uceny, had a bad Olympic experience. The American middle-distance specialist fell in the final of the 1500m in London and didn’t finish the race.

But things have gotten better for Uceny since that fateful moment.

WDNU recently reported on her return to her hometown of Plymouth, Indiana.

“We want Mo, we want Mo,” chanted the crowd that had assembled to hear her speak.

“I just felt amazing and I was like, this is it, this is going to happen for me. And the next thing I know I was on the ground,” Uceny said to her fans while tearing up.

“When I knew it wasn’t going to happen, I just reacted,” she said. “I didn’t think I should get up, there was no thinking at all. I was just devastated and I couldn’t have moved if I wanted to. I knew it was over and I just didn’t do anything about it.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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