Inspiring moment Australian distance runner rises to finish 10,000m final after collapsing exhausted with 50m to go
Australian distance runner Patrick Tiernan fell exhausted on the track in the final lap of the Olympic 10,000m final in Tokyo before picking himself up to struggle across the line.
Tiernan, the national 10,000m record holder, had bravely stayed with the leading group for most of the race.
With one lap to go, the 26-year-old seemed well placed for a top-10 spot, only to hit the wall in the final straight on a humid Tokyo night.
Australian distance runner Patrick Tiernan fell exhausted on the track in the final lap of the Olympic 10,000m final in Tokyo, before picking himself up to struggle across the line
He got up again to cross the finish line in 19th place.
Tiernan received medical attention after the race before being given ‘all-clear’ by the Australian medics.
He is also entered in the 5,000m, with the motos taking place on Tuesday.
Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega was a surprise winner of the 10,000m in 27 minutes 43.22 seconds, with the small medals going to world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda and his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo.
Tiernan received post-race medical attention before being cleared by Australian medics