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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wrong Way Bayesa

Ethiopia's Fita Bayesa threw away victory in the annual Sao Silvestre road race when he went the wrong way just meters before the finish line.


Bayesa, 5,000 meters bronze medalist at the world athletics championships in Stuttgart this year, appeared to have beaten off a challenge from arch rival Simon Chemwoyio of Kenya in a two-man sprint finish to the 15,000 meters race Friday. But he then went the wrong side of an iron railing, going into a lane reserved for television vans instead of the one for the athletes.


Chemwoyio followed him and as both athletes tried to squeeze past a lorry,quick-thinking officials opened a gap in the railings to let them back into the correct lane. Chemwoyio slipped past to win the race for the second year running.


Afterwards, race director Victor Malzoni said Bayesa would receive the same prize money as Chemwoyio, but added that the Kenyan's win remained "uncontestable."