The 400: Aching to Win
Botswana’s Amantle Montsho Seeks Glory in Punishing Race

By Mary Pilon, The New York Times
Originally Published: July 7, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. — Eight women lined up near the staggered starting line to run the 400 meters, known as the “long sprint” in track circles, an event whose distance is too punishing for many sprinters and whose pace is too swift for many middle-distance runners.

They stretched and shook their limbs behind the starting blocks, the relaxing shimmy before the 50-second explosion. Among them: Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist; Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica, a top talent from a country that produces world-class runners the way Stanford produces computer programmers; and Amantle Montsho, the reigning world champion… Click here to read on

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