Disaster struck when a Kenyan runner in podium contention was taken down by a dog on the loose
A long-distance runner in Japan was in contention for the stage lead at the prestigious New Year Ekiden Championship when he was tripped up — not by a fellow runner but rather by a dog on the loose.
The New Year Ekiden Championship is a 100-kilometre annual road race between Japan’s corporate running teams and is broadcasted live on television across the nation.
The race takes place on Jan. 1 each year in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture and is divided into seven legs, ranging from 8.3 kilometres to 22 kilometres.
The eight-runner chase pack were all vying for the lead as the eventual winner had a sizable gap in the latter stages of the race when the dog on the loose incident took place.
Full footage of the incident can be seen below: