It's genuinely difficult to find inspiration in athletics today, but for all of the mendacity and malfeasance, there are still some truly amazing stories to tell. One example is that of Tianna T. Bartoletta, an American track and field athlete specialising in the long jump. Today she won bronze at the World Championships in London, having won gold at the same event two years ago.
Not that she was disappointed at the result. In an emotional Facebook post, Bartoletta said that this was the "most special medal" she has ever won, and revealed the plight she has endured in the build-up to this tournament.
She has been the victim of an abusive relationship, and today, she revealed how she left everything behind to escape.
Here's the post:
I knew defending my title would be difficult. And you may find it hard to believe but this Bronze medal is THE most special medal I have ever won. Because just three short months ago I had to run away from my own home, I had to decide which of ALL my belongings were the most important, I had to leave my dogs, I had no money, I still have no actual address, all to give myself a chance at having a life and the love I deserved--one that didn't involve fear or fighting, threats, and abuse.
To stand on the podium today after not even being in the mix for 4 rounds means the world to me. I took a huge gamble blowing my life up in such an important year for me career-wise. But it was about time for me to see that I was worth it. It was worth it. Thanks so much for riding with me.
She is the reigning Olympic champion, but this is her most amazing victory thus far.