If you’re going to fall during a big race at the World Championships, you may as well fall in style.
Panama’s Rolanda Bell was cruising along at a comfortable pace in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase – that was, until she tumbled over a hurdle.
— Jamie Roberton (@jamierobITV) August 24, 2015
— Pierre Godon (@PierreGodon) August 24, 2015
Panama’s steeplechase runner Rolanda Bell lapses in obstacle jump, falls into puddle at athletics worlds pic.twitter.com/GgSIQK398m
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 24, 2015
Bell fell in spectacular fashion, landing head first into the water and causing quite a splash.
Huge credit has to go to the athlete, who courageously recovered to finish the heat, but sadly she came in 20 seconds behind the next slowest athlete so could not qualify for the final.
Bell, who lives in New York, tweeted her gratitude for the support of the fans after the race.
Gracias a Panamá por todo el apoyo de nuestro equipo este año. vamos a animar a Alonso y Yvette juntos en su competencias aquí en Beijing! — Rolanda Bell (@R0_BELL) August 24, 2015
“Thanks to Panama for all the support of our team this year. We will encourage and Yvette Alonso together in their skills here in Beijing!” her tweet was translated as saying.