Remaining Sunday, one Argentinian runner discovered himself in some end line confusion on the 2024 Merida Part Marathon in Merida, Mexico.
Juan Esteban Pizarro had the half-marathon all wrapped up within the ultimate kilometres, surging from 3rd to first total after the 17-kilometre mark. Little did he know, his glory was once about to take an surprising detour.
As Pizarro ran towards the completing line, he was once able to wreck the tape and pose for the win, however a puzzled race respectable mistook him for a 10K finisher for the reason that 10K and 1/2 marathon races had been being run concurrently. The officers protecting the completing tape swiftly closed it, leaving Pizarro with out his profitable second.
The officers briefly discovered their mistake, however it was once too overdue. They requested the Argentinian to make a U-turn and run again onto the route and throughout the gantry. Undeterred and most probably fueled through the confusion, Pizarro, having simply run 21.1 kilometres, walked again onto the route for his moment effort on the line. This time, he walked his approach in to wreck the tape.
Thankfully, Pizarro had a four-minute lead over the second-place finisher, giving him a number of time to mend the mix-up, wreck the tape and get the first-place end line picture he rightfully deserved.
Regardless of the end line confusion, Pizarro was once nonetheless topped champion and took house the highest prize of $200.