When a sprinting race goes down to the wire, two athletes will sometimes make bizarre movements to get that extra fraction of an inch ahead of an opponent. But Texas A&M sprinter Infinite Tucker went well-above the call of duty to win his race yesterday.
In the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC championships, Tucker was in final the stretch against teammate Robert Grant. With the two neck and neck at the finish line, Tucker went all out with a Superman dive into a belly-flop to claim victory.
It’s kind of hard to tell if the Superman dive was really necessary though. From the video angle it looks as though he was in the lead at the wire.
Then again, maybe he couldn’t tell and didn’t want to leave it to chance.
Since the video was posted on the SEC Network Twitter account last night, it has already received over 14,000 likes and 2,500 retweets.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 12, 2019
Tucker’s dive gave him a finishing time of 49.38, beating Grant’s time by less than one-tenth of a second. Their marks were also the fastest in Division I sprinting.
Hopefully Tucker is okay because belly flopping onto solid ground looked like it REALLY hurt.
But hey, whatever it takes to win, right?