American Shamier Little was shown on national television moments after finishing the women’s 400m hurdles heats at the IAAF World Championships. Little hadn’t even regained her breath.
Little, who qualified through to the semifinals by finishing third in her heat in 56.18, was aired on NBCSN with Lewis Johnson, hunched over in the media zone trying to recover from the effort. She was specifically asked about the eighth barrier, which she broke after clipping it with her lower leg. It’s not often that a hurdle barrier breaks.
Awfulannouncing.com first reported on the interview and added that “it’s understandable why they wanted to talk to her given that unusual hurdle break, but it presumably wouldn’t have killed NBCSN to wait a couple of minutes until she regained her breath.”
Video of Little breaking the barrier
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) August 7, 2017
Shamier Little struck the hurdle with so much power that she broke it. 🤔😳
— Justin Britton (@Justin_Britton) August 7, 2017
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, NBC received criticism for informing Paul Chelimo, on air, that he had been disqualified after winning a medal in the men’s 5,000m. He was later reinstated.