The decathlete’s race was ruined (Picture: 2022 World Athletics Championships)
An Italian decathlete suffered an awkward mishap during the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships as he was forced to cover his genitals during a race.
Alberto Nonino, who is representing Team Italia in the decathlon, had his 400-metre race ruined by the incident in Cali, Colombia on Thursday night.
Nonino wasn’t wearing any underwear beneath his shorts and had to cover himself up despite starting the race well.
He ended up finishing last in the race despite his best efforts to carry on competing with the other seven runners.
In a post on his Instagram stories, Nonino appeared to confirm his problems.
‘I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general,’ he said.
‘I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there.
Alberto Nonino of Team Italia in the High Jump (Picture: Getty Images)
‘I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.’
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