Dublin: 5°C Friday 21 January 2022

41-year-old runner slips on Olympic marathon finish line...but saves himself by doing push-ups

What a hero.

HE DIDN’T CROSS the line when he would have wanted but Meb Keflezighi’s finish may just have been the most memorable of today’s Olympic marathon.

As the 41-year-old American soaked up the applause on what was his final Olympic appearance, he lost his footing on the wet surface and took an awkward looking tumble right on the line.


But the silver medallist from Athens was quickly back on his feet to make light of an embarrassing situation by doing push-ups on the line — all of this after a 2 hour and 16 minute run in humid conditions in Rio.

While a 33rd place finish was not the fairytale ending he would have hoped for, Keflezighi certainly went out with a bang.


Get closer to the stories that matter with exclusive analysis, insight and debate in The42 Membership.

Become a Member

The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

Controversial pick Pollock leads Irish trio home with terrific charge through second half of Marathon

About the author:

Ryan Bailey

Read next: