A seventh place finish with just one shoe, yet, you have been named in the final. Seems like a fantasy isn’t it?
Well, that was the case in Rio Olympic last year as the Ethiopian athlete Etenesh Diro accidently lost her shoe in a 3000m steeplechase race. But finishing the race in time was her priority and she further went on to finish the remaining 800m of the race with just one shoe, but unfortunately for her, she finished seventh.
Her sheer brilliance and perfect sportsmanship, however, earned her a place in the final.
Diro, from the beginning, was named as one of the contenders to beat in the tournament and same was the case throughout. She took a comfortable lead in the race, but a sudden accident means he had to slow things down a bit. Diro, in reality, lost her shoe due to a mistake of another participant and she did try to put that back, but as soon as she realised that both time and other participants were getting ahead of her, she got back on with just one shoe.
After finishing seventh, Diro eventually thought that her chance of getting into the final has long gone, however, the International Athletics Federation declared Ireland’s Sara Louise Treacy and Jamaica’s Aisha Praught to run in the final along with Diro.
But Australia’s Genevieve Lacaze, who finished the race second, complaints that Diro was a roadblock during the incident.
‘She was like a road block,’ the 27-year-old said.
‘Someone ripped out her heel and, instead of getting out of the way – I guess you don’t think about others too much when you’re in the Olympics – she just stopped and was a roadblock for about four girls.’