Race walking is a wonder exercise. You may not know it, but it is interestingly tough and not really fun.
And sometimes in Olympics, heroes come out of different unprecedented spots. Just like on Friday in the 50-kilometer racewalk final when a French athlete pooped on himself.
Yohann Diniz, a french record holder in race walking was taking part in the 50 km walk race when something somewhat rare took place.
Diniz was leading the race for 30 kilometers and was over a minute ahead of his competition.
In the finishing hours of the competition as the weather was around 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and walkers were in complete sun from start to finish of the race, Diniz could no longer bear the heat, he started to poop on himself , bleeding for about 45 minutes into the race.
In the face of all the discomforts, he walked on for about 20 kilometers. And gave himself a soothing relief by placing a sponge in his shorts. The athlete apparently tried to soak up the leaking fecal matter using the sponge.
The issues became too much for Diniz, so he collapsed. He stayed down for a few seconds, but then got up and kept going.
His display of perseverance could be due to the fact that he did not finish the 50-kilometer walk at Beijing in 2008, or in 2012. So he absolutely had to finish this one.
Best of all, he actually finished the race, coming eighth, about 5 minutes and 45 seconds behind the Olympic champion.
The shocking moment at Rio Olympics was caught in a video and it shows the brown and reddish stuff gushing down.
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And while Diniz’s problems may be severe, it is not uncommon for athletes to experience gastrointestinal problems while competing in long-distance events.
About 71% of long-distance runners experience abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Of those, the latter is so common that runners call it “runner’s trots.
Scientists still do not know the exact causes of runner’s diarrhea, but they have given some necessary theories. Some opine that it could be as a result of severe physical jostling a marathon can impose on your internal organs. Others think it occurs after prolonged periods of decreased blood flow to your intestines.
Others think pre-race anxiety and stress could cause it as well.