Epic Fail: Premature Celebration Loses A World Championship (Video)
They say not to count your chickens before they hatch. I’m not sure how that aphorism translates into Spanish, but someone should find a way to convey that message to Alex Cujavante.
The otherwise unknown Colombian speed roller skater (seriously!) has become an infamous Internet sensation after this unfortunate bit of showboating cost him a world title.
Cujavante, competing in the Oct. 27th 2010 Roller Speed Skating World Championships in the sporting mecca that is Guarne, Colombia, comes around the final corner of his race and appears—at least in his mind—to have the gold all sewn up.
But his hasty celebration in front of home fans slows him down enough to allow South Korea’s Sang Cheol Lee to nip him at the line for the gold. It wasn’t even that close for Lee, who gets Cujavante by a good two feet, as you can see from the portion of the video dubbed with Latin follies music.
The upshot of all this, though, is the length of the race. Cujavante was competing in the 20,000 meter race, which, if it seems like a ludicrous distance to cover wearing a child’s toy on your feet...is. (I can only imagine a mile long pogo race as its equivalent.)
Lee’s winning time in the marathon (actually, they have one of those, too!) was 31 minutes, 54.782 seconds. That means Cujavante needed just three more strong strides to justify a half hour racing in circles on roller skates.
Somewhere along the line, Cujavante appears to have been disqualified from the race. We’re not sure if that would have precluded his winning anyway, but judging by his elation before crossing the line, he certainly didn’t have a DQ on his mind.
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