Former UNC star runner Shalane Flanagan won a surprising bronze medal at the Olympics Friday in Beijing -- a very good result in an event that the U.S. hadn't won a medal in 16 years. Read my early story about Flanagan's victory here -- it will be expanded into a longer version for Saturday's paper.
Also Friday, Raleigh's Bershawn "Batman" Jackson easily advanced to the semifinals of the men's 400 hurdles. Jackson, nicknamed Batman because of his large ears and the way he can fly over the hurdles, is a definite medal possibility in the event.
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