Race walking is a real Olympic sport, and the gold medal walk took place 3 days ago in Rio.
Yohann Diniz was representing his country of France in the 50k speedwalk, but appeared to have a serious problem while leading the race.
Diniz seemed to have a severe gastrointestinal issue, and onlookers said he looked to be in visible pain. According to photos, he shoved “a sponge down his pants to soak up wet fecal matter,” then “[threw] the sponge off toward the crowd.”
Since all speedwalkers look like they’re desperately on the way to the bathroom, it wasn’t clear that he had this particular problem until…it was clear.
Diniz finished in eighth place, six minutes behind the winner — but he’ll go down in history as number two. More photos and video below.