An Italian decathlete was faced with a dilemma during a 400-meter race at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Thursday – whether to compete with his genitalia out or cover up.
Alberto Nonino began the race strong, separating himself from the pack and entering the first bend in a good position to secure the race victory. Things quickly went awry once the 18-year-old began experiencing noticeable discomfort.
Cameras captured Nonino adjusting and looking down at his shorts, only to realize he had accidentally exposed himself to the thousands of fans in attendance and at home. The Italian continued to compete in the race, though was severely hampered by having to use his hands to shield his private part throughout.
The issue continued to plague Nonino as he ran down the back straight and through the final bends. He slowed down at the final straight in order to cover up for good, thus accepting last place in the contest. Not to be overlooked, however, was Nonino’s ability to overtake two competitors earlier on in the race, despite having to readjust his bottoms all the while.
One onlooker was blunt in their description of the accidentally X-rated events.
“Last series of the 400 meters decathlon. The Italian Alberto Nonino in lane five begins very well but crosses the finishing line last. He went balls out, literally,” journalist David Sanchez de Castro wrote on Twitter.
Shortly after the race, Nonino made his thoughts known on the incident.
“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general,” Nonino wrote on his Instagram story. “I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there. I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.”