LONDON – One moment Morgan Uceny was in the middle of the pack, getting ready to make her move in the 1,500 meters.
The next, she was down and pounding her palms on the track in frustration.
Another major meet, another major fall for the American runner.
Uceny was tripped from behind on the last lap of the final Friday night, landing hard on her right knee and hip. She was in position to challenge for a medal, but her performance goes down as “DNF” – did not finish.
She was on her hands and knees, staring at the track in disbelief, when Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey won the race.
Last year at the world championships, Uceny, became entangled just before the final lap and fell, ending her chances for a medal.