The first thing Alysia Montano thought was, "Get up. Get up."
By the time she finally did, everyone else was gone.
The 800-meter runner who has been victimized more than once by the unseemly side of her sport got the cruelest break of all at U.S. Track and Field Trials.
Cheated out of medal after medal by Russians who were later found to have been doping — including at the London Olympics four years ago — Montano saw her chance at an Olympic victory come up painfully short when she tripped over a competitor's feet while lining up her last charge in Monday night's final.
"It doesn't really settle in in that moment where you're...