Bad luck can strike the same place twice.
At least for U.S. track star Morgan Uceny it did.
Uceny fell at the beginning of the final lap of the 1500-meter final in London Friday. It was a similar story to when she fell near the end of the race in the 2011 World Championships.
As per the Associated Press:
After tripping, she pounded the track with both palms. She stayed on her knees, head down and sobbing, as the 12 other women circled the oval at Olympic Stadium.
She was in that same position, about 15 meters past the finish line, as the medalists finished. She had sought to be one of them, aiming to be the first American woman to do so in an Olympic 1,500.
Oddly, none of the other runners, including U.S. teammate Shannon Rowbury, acknowledged her at all or came to her aid.
Uceny had hopes to win a medal in London. Those hopes came crumbling down after the fall. It was written in the Associated Press article that Uceny left without talking to any members of the media and that she didn't get up until the race was long over.
Was she embarrassed, disappointed or was her heart simply broken?
Uceny falls in the world championships at the 1:02 mark of this video.
She talked post-fall after it happened last time, as you can see in this video.
“You work so hard to get to a final and you have all your opportunities taken away from you for a stupid thing," she said in the video. "It’s frustrating but it happens. I’m just frustrated that I came so far and didn’t showcase what I thought I would.
"People with 500 to go are trying to get antsy and trying to make moves. Unfortunately I was kind of in the wrong place at the wrong time and got cut off and have no time to react."
It was hard for her; she was disappointed, but she tried to fight back the tears. She probably thought that she'd have her second chance at the Olympics, that everything would be better then.
It could be nearly impossible for Uceny to recover from a second fall. She will probably replay both of those moments in her head for the rest of her life. Four years is a long time before the next Olympics.
Who knows who the next stars will be or how Uceny's body will be feeling? Who knows if she'll give it another chance or even have the opportunity to do so?
Her fans feel for her, and her coach probably does too, but it amazes me that no competitors came to see if she was okay.
All my thoughts go out to Morgan Uceny and her coach Terrence Mahon tonight! I wish you just had a chance! Keep your heads up @mammothtc— Alistair Cragg (@alistaircragg) August 10, 2012
Heartbreaking moment. Morgan Uceny fell on the final lap of the 1500m Finals. A brutal scene witnessing a emotional breakdown at finish.— ESPN Olympics (@ESPNOlympics) August 10, 2012
Oh no. Morgan Uceny tripped, falls in final lap of women's 1,500. Mary Decker all over again. Brutal scene.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 10, 2012
The odds will probably be with her if she tries again. Can bad luck really strike the same place three times?