Jeremy Jurkiewicz, a French tri-athlete, almost lost the Ironman 70.3 Brazil when he began celebrating his victory on the track before crossing the finish line.

Confident in his first place win, Jurkiewicz slowed down as he approached the finish line and began laughing with spectators and pumping his fists in the air. While he was busy celebrating, fellow competitor Igor Amorelli from Brazil crept up from behind and could have taken the win if Jurkiewitcz had not noticed last minute and shoved him back so that he could keep his victory. Jurkiewitcz’ acts were not needed, however, as Amorelli had begun to slow down to allow Jurkiewicz the win. Once the two finished – only two seconds apart – Jurkiewicz and Amorelli shook hands.

Jurkiewicz finished first in the race with a time of 3:52:40.3, and Amorelli finished second with a time of 3:52:42.0, according to The Daily Mail.

Two days after the race, on Aug. 27, Jurkiewicz made fun of himself when he posted pictures of his experience at the Ironman 70.3 Brazil on his official Facebook page. Jurkiewicz shared two photos, one of himself celebrating early, the other of his near run in with Amorelli, with the caption, “qui fait le malin tombe dans le ravin.”

The caption, a French proverb, which, roughly translated, warns one against being too clever for their own good: “He who acts clever, falls in the ravine.”

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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