Italian Alberto Nonino suffered a nightmarish wardrobe malfunction during the U20 World Championships where his genitals fell out of his shorts.
The decathlon athlete was competing in the 400m event at the end of the first day of competition in Cali, Colombia when disaster struck.
The 18-year-old started well out of the blocks, but was soon seen repeatedly reaching for his crotch instead of swinging his arms as he ran down the straight.
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the unfortunate reason Nonino’s run was compromised as he tried to contain his thunder as he repeatedly fell during the run.
Replays showed that he started well, but began to fall further and further behind as he reacted to his situation.
I finished last with a time of 51.57 seconds.
Journalist David Sanchez de Castro’s summary of the incident – and Nonimo’s manhood – has since gone viral.
“Maybe I misunderstood. His penis escaped from the side of his shorts and he had to hold it because it didn’t allow him to run properly, which is normal when your dongle swings from a side to side,” the reporter said.
Nonino has since taken to Instagram to show his fury at how the incident was reported around the world.
“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the heckling there has been on blogging and social media in general,” he said in a story.
“I’m aware that it was obviously an accident and I would like to tell you that I’m aware of the backlash and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs there.
“I try to laugh about it now, but immediately afterwards I felt bad and I’m grateful to my friends and family for helping me get through what happened a few hours later.
“The journalistic world is concerned about cases of bullying all over Italy and around the world and then publishes these articles which, for a more sensitive person, could have done a lot of harm.”
Spanish news agencies have speculated that Nonino’s episode could have been the result of a lack of underwear.
Originally published as Runner is furious after his dreams were crushed by his own penis