Kicks of the week - 20/05/2019

Infinitely epic jump to the finish!

If you need a Monday Motivation, then this should be it. While taking part in the 400m hurdle race at the SEC Track and Field Championships, university athlete, Infinite Tucker did a superman-like dive at the finish line to cross the line first before his teammate Robert Grant.

His answer for why he did it was even more striking. “I closed my eyes over hurdle 10. I opened it, saw my ma at the finish, and I jumped to give her a hug” was all Tucker had to say. “I just gave it my all and I felt like diving to the finish was me using my whole body. I just gave it my all that race” he added.

Now that’s a whole new definition of “diving into it”. Quite Literally.


Hand to hand finish at Pittsburg

While we are still on inspirational finishes, another heart-tagging finish happened at the Pittsburgh Marathon when two last finishers crossed the finish line holding hands.

Laura Mazur and Jessica Robertson met for the first time during the race and upon knowing that they were the last, made an “If you stay with me, I’ll stay with you” promise to stay together to the end of the race.

Lucky for them, race organisers kept all course amenities available and they even had a group, Pittsburgh’s Steel City Road Runners Club (SCRCC) cheering just for them at the 25th mile.

The two finished with times of 7:22:56 and 7:24:58 respectively. Runner’s world with more on their story.


GWR Changes rules on nurses’ outfit

London Marathon is known for having multiple participants dressed in all sorts of costumes to try to get into the Guinness World Book of Records(GWR). One runner’s record became the source of public outcry and a campaign that pushed GWR to amend its rules.

Jessica Anderson, a nurse, finished her race at 3:08:22 dressed in her scrubs uniform with the goal of breaking the record of 3:08:54 while dressed in a nurse's uniform. She was however denied the title as her uniform did not meet GWR’s criteria of a nurse uniform- must include a blue or white dress, a white pinafore apron and a traditional white nurse’s cap. This caused an uproar, especially on social media under #whatnurseswear for GWR’s outdated, incorrect and unfortunately gender-biased and stereotypical view of nurses’ uniform.

GWR has since updated its criteria on nurses' uniform and awarded Jessica her well-deserved title. Runner’s world with more on what GWR had to say on this.