CALI (COLOMBIA) – An unfortunate wardrobe malfunction for Italy’s Alberto Nonino at the World Athletics U20 Championships resulted in the decathlete finishing last in the 400m.
Disaster struck the 18-year-old as his genitals fell out of his shorts during the race, which took place at the end of the first day of action in Cali, Colombia.
The Italian started well and overtook two runners on the last bend but was seen slowing down and repeatedly reaching for his crotch as he ran down the home straight.
Video footage of the incident, which has since been picked up by media outlets, captured the malfunction, which saw him finishing last in 51.57sec.
Journalist David Sanchez de Castro’s tweet and video of the incident has since gone viral.
He tweeted: “Last series of the 400 meters decathlon. The Italian Alberto Nonino in lane five begins very well but crosses the finishing line last. He had his p**** out, literally.
“Perhaps I’ve explained myself poorly. His (p****) escaped out of the side of his shorts and he had to hold it because it wasn’t allowing him to run properly which is normal when your dongle is swinging from side to side.”