Olympic athlete Jeffrey Julmis literally falls at the first hurdle

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The Olympic Games never fails to produce feats of historic athletic achievement and fans rightly expect to see the world's fittest men and women going faster, throwing further and jumping higher.

However, we also expect to see some moments of pure comedy gold. Haiti's Jeffrey Julmis has decided to opt for the latter category and provided us with possibly the highlight of the Rio Games thus far.

Having qualified for the semi-final of the 110-meter event as one of the fastest losers, Julmis knew he would have to run the race of his life to make the final. He was obviously confident, playing up to the camera in a Usain Bolt kind of style.

He came out the blocks like a rocket but his Olympic dream was soon over after he, well, fell at the very first hurdle. It served as a reminder that these athletes, who so often look like products of precise engineering, are still very much human.

But his epic fall, which saw him complete a full roley-poley in front of the world, was not even the best moment. Despite the fact all of his competitors had already finished the race, Julmis rose like a phoenix from the ashes to complete it in a time of 25.56; almost double the time of the race winner Orlando Ortega.

What a hero.

Take a look at the video below

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The final result

Back in the world of perfectionists (BORING!), Jamaica's Omar Mcleod won the gold medal in the impressive time of 13.05, fending off the aforementioned Ortega (13.17) from Spain and Frenchman Dimitri Bascou (13.24).

It was Jamaica's third gold medal of the Rio Games and fifth overall, putting them 19th on the medal table. With Bolt still to run the 200m and the 4x100m, they can expect to rise even higher soon.


But the most notable performance was from Team USA's Devon Allen, who finished fifth despite clipping seven of the ten hurdles throughout the final. Despite clear potential to eventually become the world's best, he will instead begin a career in College Football.

The 21-year-old will become the wide receiver for the University of Oregon football team, but will try to keep a potentially fruitful career in hurdles alive.

"As long as I’m young and healthy, I’m going to do both,” he said. “I’ve been doing both for the last eight years of my life and it’s worked out very well.

“I’ll probably be in the best shape of anyone on the field right now. Maybe resting would make for a better athlete in the long run. Maybe I’ll miss the first couple games, but eventually I’ll get back in there."

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Greg Rutherford
Australian Olympic Team
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Commonwealth Games
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