Sprinters are always looking for the upper hand, and increasing speed usually means sleeker, lighter outfits. It doesn't typically include $20,000 diamond broaches. Sprinter Sanya Richards was likely the only person in the race wearing a $20,000 diamond broach, and she's certainly the only one who almost lost it.
"I'm coming off the turn, it clinks off my knee and it goes over to lane eight," Richards explained. "And I'm looking like: "No.' But I have to be focused and finish the race."Luckily for Richards, volunteers rushed to the track to recover the jewelry, which was given as a gift from one of her sponsors.
"He told me it was my good luck charm. So I thought: 'Run with it,' which wasn't a good idea."Thankfully the diamond broach has been retired from international (and hopefully all) competition. She's given it to her mother for safekeeping. While the diamond may look good on an evening dress, it certainly doesn't belong on the track. To prove the point Richards clocked in at the fastest time in the second heat she ran on Wednesday - sans the broach.
Richards hopes to make it to Beijing next summer, and she obviously won't let a little diamond problem get in her way.
"I know what my goals are when I step on the track, so nothing was going to distract me -- even if $20,000 just fell off of my chest."