63-year-old runner takes a nose dive at 800m world championships finish

A pair of masters athletes battled to the finish line in the men's over-60 800m at the world indoor championships in Portland, Ore.

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Track collapse
David Wilcox of Great Britain and Ireland’s Joe Gough battle to the finish line.

The head-to-head battle between Great Britain’s David Wilcox and Ireland’s Joe Gough, the top two finishers in the men’s masters 800m at world indoors, came right down to the wire on Saturday in Portland, Ore.

See the full video at the bottom of the page.

Gough, sporting the Irish green kit, had the lead within 10 metres of the line before getting passed at the last moment.

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His exaggerated lean caused him to collapse over the finish line, missing out by 0.11 seconds as Wilcox won the race in 2:15.90. A mix of lactic in his legs and his lean resulted in a near photo-finish as men over 60 were featured as part of the world championships.

Both were in good spirits after though and gave each other a congratulatory handshake.

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David Wilcox and Joe Gough congratulate each other after the race.

Watch the final moments of the race below:

Both athletes celebrated with a lap of honour on Saturday afternoon.

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The finish line scene wasn’t the only eye-catching moment at the world indoor championships. Also on Saturday, American pentathlete drilled a photographer with a shot put hitting him in the shin (he was okay). Click here to see the full video of that incident.