Richards wins bronze in 400m at Summer Olympics
Aug. 19, 2008
BEIJING -- Former Longhorn Sanya Richards, the American favorite in the women's 400m, led the race until the final stretch Tuesday evening, when a leg cramp slowed her to a 49.93 third-place finish.
Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain won in 49.62.
Richards said her cramp came 20 meters into the final straightaway.
"I was in control coming around the curve and then my right hamstring cramped on me," Richards said. "I thought, 'Oh no, not now'. I hoped to have a big enough cushion to pull through, but it just got tighter and tighter."
The bronze is Richards' first individual medal. She was a member of the USA's gold medal 4x400-meter relay team in 2004.