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These two Olympians learned a valuable lesson after trying to share a 10k victory

Lanni Marchant and Natasha Wodak hadn’t banked on a storming finish from Tonya Nero.

‘DON’T LOOK BACK’ is really just a turn of phrase.

If you’re winning any race over  200 metres, there’s always something to gain in looking back… just to see who’s around and how hot on your heels they might be.

When you’re thinking of slowing up to share the glory of victory with your team-mate in the final 50 of a 10,000 metres, that goes double.

Lanni Marchant and Natasha Wodak should have known better having competed at the Olympic Games this year.

In Barbados on Sunday, the Canadian pair appeared to be cantering towards the 10k finish line, and they were so confident in their control of the race that they joined hands and slowed to take the tape together.

Fortunately for the Caribbean supporters watching on, they hadn’t considered the never-say-die attitude of Tonya Nero.

(Watch it here if you can’t see video embedded above)

The Trinidad and Tobago runner found the energy for a sprint finish and pounded her way all the way up the blindside of Wodak as the Canadians were looking into one another’s palms.

It’ll probably be a while before they try that again.

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