Jun 24, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; LaShawn Merritt (right) and Bryshon Nellum react after placing first and third in the 400m in 44.12 and 44.80 in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Four years removed from what many thought would be a career ending injury, Bryshon Nellum qualified for the London Olympics in the 400 meters.
Late Sunday afternoon in the U.S. Olympic Trials 400-meter final at Hayward Field, Nellum emerged from his nightmare.
Nellum edged Trojans teammate Josh Mance by less than a tenth of a second for the third and final spot on the U.S. team for London.
"You know what they say?" Nellum said. "Whatever doesn't break you only makes you stronger. So I just feel like whatever happened, happened for a reason. Now I'm just trying to be a better person, and a better athlete."
This poor kid went through hell to get here, hard not to root for him! If this isn't perseverance and drive then I don't know what is...
USC continues to put a lot of athlete in the Olympic games.