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Manteo Mitchell: Olympic Sprinter Reports Early for Work

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Manteo Mitchell (born July 6, 1987) is an American athlete who specializes in the 200m and400m. He was a member of the USA team that won the gold medal in the Men's 4×400 metres relay (splitting 45.7) at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He gained an athletic scholarship at Western Carolina University where he broke numerous school records and reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship three out of four years. Mitchell holds personal records of 21.13 & 46.17 (indoors) and 20.47 & 44.96 (outdoors). He's now an Olympian, heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The 24-year-old Western Carolina grad earned a spot on the six-man, 4x400 meter relay team. After a successful college career, and now a Nike athlete, Mitchell is flew out well ahead of the games to get to work early. It also helped him get acclimated. While many track stars begin the sport at a young age, Mitchell took his first lap in high school. After only seven years, the first time Olympian says it definitely won't be his last. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games run July 27 through August 12.

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