The official results showed Haiti’s Jeffrey Julmis finished last in a semifinal heat of the men’s 110-meter high hurdles at the Summer Olympics on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. His time was 25.56 seconds.
Was he simply so slow it took him nearly twice as long to finish as the heat’s winner, Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.32)? Not quite. Julmis advanced on Monday with a time of 13.66 in the first heat.
Tuesday, Julmis collided violently with the first hurdle, tumbled to the track, but regathered his senses and finished the race.
“It didn’t make sense to go down as a sore loser,” Julmis told The Associated Press. “The Olympic spirit – finish the race.”