Turkish runner limps over the finish line to ovation
Turkey's Merve Aydin cries after she came in last in her women's 800m round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Turkish runner Merve Aydın received a standing ovation from an Olympic crowd in London when she refused to quit her 800m race following an injury and finished the race limping, daily Hürriyet reported.
Aydın was leading the contest until suffering an ankle injury that forced her to give up her hopes of winning the race.
Aydın, however, refused to yield and continued the race, limping and in tears.
The Turkish runner had previously hit the headlines last year during a championship in Istanbul when she burst into tears after discovering during a TV interview that she had not made it to the finals despite previously being told she had by a reporter.