On Sunday (Oct 22), Mr Eyob Faniel became the first Italian to win the Venice Marathon in 22 years.
But the unlikely victory was bittersweet as it followed a bizarre mistake which saw six leading runners taking a wrong turn after being led astray by a motorcycle guide, which cost them an extra two minutes, reported Time.
Faniel finished the race in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 16 seconds.
Crowd favourites, including Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto, were leading the pack and were about 25 kilometres (16 miles) into the race when they made the victory-costing mistake, said Guardian.
They ended up doubling back to get back on track.
And of course, Twitter users called out a conspiracy theory. Some implied that the Italian organisers knowingly led the Kenyan runners in the wrong direction.
Italian organisers led Kenyan runners the wrong way to allow a win for their own. Pure madness #venicemarathon
— Giddy® (@Korsen17) October 22, 2017
- Twitter post by @korsen17
— Ken Odero (@Kenoderow) October 22, 2017
- Twitter post by @Kenoderow
While others felt for the athletes who were misdirected.
Holy moly #Venicemarathon how does a major televised race have the lead professional runners go the wrong way! Gutted for them.
— Carolyn Berney (@cer23) October 22, 2017
- Twitter post by @cer23
Either way, it’s fair to say that no one could have foreseen the mistake.
And if you don’t want to take our word for it, watch it for yourself:
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 23, 2017
- Video posted by ITV News on Twitter