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ESPN's 'Nine for IX' explores the rise and fall of Mary Decker in 'Runner'

"Runner" airs on ESPN Tuesday August 13th.
"Runner" airs on ESPN Tuesday August 13th.

ESPN continues its documentary series "Nine for IX" with an installment about one of the most famous incidents ever to take place on a track.

“Runner,” features the story of Mary Decker, who was supposed to finally have her Olympic moment at the 1984 Games, but in a split-second that moment turned to heartbreak after a collision with South African competitor Zola Budd.

Decker had missed the 1976 Olympic games due to an injury and 1980 games due the U.S. boycott of Russia. At age 25, competing in the 3000 meters, Decker was expected to take gold, having dominated distances from the 800 to 10,000 meters. Instead, she ended up on the ground, writhing in pain in front of the world.

The ensuing finger-pointing by Decker at Budd did neither one of them any favors in the eyes of the public.

The entire incident not only changed the course of that one race, but of the two women's lives, both on and off the track.

"Runner" debuts on Tuesday, August 13th at 8pm et on ESPN and 10pm pt on ESPN2.

The episode will re-air frequently on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic and is available on iTunes as well.

You can also join the conversation and tweet about "Runner" at #NineforIX

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