Conseslus Kipruto bags Diamond League Trophy with one shoe on!
Conseslus Kipruto has defended his steeplechase Diamond Trophy, despite finishing the final without a left shoe!
The Rio 2016 gold medallist was mid-race in Zurich when his running spike went tumbling out of the pack into lane two.
As a veteran middle-distance runner, Kipruto naturally continued as if nothing had happened.
Thrilling finish for Conseslus Kipruto
With 200m left in the the final race of the Diamond League year, and the Letzigrund Stadium crowd in raptures, the Kenyan made his move on the final bend.
Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali took the opportunity to speed around the reigning champion’s outside, into what looked like a victory sprint.
But there was one final twist.
Kipruto threw all of his remaining energy, into one final lop-sided 50m surge, narrowly edging El Bakkali on the line to claim the race and season honours.
Memorable Olympic finishes
Kipruto's bizarre victory conjures up some memorable finishes from the Olympic Games.
Who can forget Australian Steven Bradbury's golden moment at Salt Lake 2002?
The short-track speed skater appeared not to be in contention for a medal until a last corner pile-up featuring all of his opponents.
A bemused-looking Bradbury was left to casually skate-over for the title!
Perhaps Kipruto will remember another unbalanced finish that occurred at Rio 2016.
In the 400m final, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas ended up on the dirt as her last-ditch lunge over the line turned into a nosedive!
The drastic action wasn't in vain however, as Miller was awarded the gold medal.