Winning any competitive race is hard, but one should be extra proud to pull off a victorious run by punctuating the event with a faceplant at the finish.
The celebration didn’t go according to plan but his performance was brilliant!
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) December 9, 2018
21-year-old French runner Jimmy Gressier was streaking to an easy victory this weekend, carrying aloft two French flags as he approached a muddy, slippery finish line for a win in the SPAR European Cross Country Championships Under-23 mens race in Tilburg, The Netherlands. That’s when he fell flat on his face while attempting to slide across the finish line.
Not to worry, his lead was big enough he still clinched the win. Sadly, he didn’t even break the finish line tape, instead, the person holding it awkwardly let it fall as Gressier laid in the mud.
Gressier took it all in stride, even flashing a smile, which is a whole lot easier to do when you win.