June 24, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Bryshon Nellum celebrates his 3rd place finish in the final men's 400m at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
USC 400 specialist, Bryshon Nellum, 23, placed 3rd in the 400m USA Olympic Trials to represent the US in the Olympic games this past weekend. Nellum crossed the line in a personal-best 44.80 seconds, his first sub 45 400 ever, edging his USC teammate Josh Mance for third place behind LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay and earning the final spot on the Olympic team. Normally, a third place finish is not the most desirable but, in Nellum’s case, arguably this is the greatest “victory” of his young career.
On Oct 31st, 2008 Nellum was returning to his car late night after a Halloween party near the Southern California campus when he was ambushed and suffered three shotgun blasts to his legs as he was fleeing from the scene.
“It’s crazy because I never did fall to the ground. I kept going, ju...