Kenyan Runner Tackled Mid-Race, Resumes, Wins
by Jon Gugala
CUIABA, Brazil -- Edwin Kipsang Rotich of Kenya was just minding his own business, winning the 10-kilometer Kings Race on January 6. You could even call it business as usual, since he had also won the previous weeks' Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre in São Paulo on New Year's Eve.
But from stage left, enter Wallace de Sousa Nogueira.
Nogueira, described by police as having a history of mental problems, comes swinging across the course like a SWAT team member (albeit a chubby one) to knock Rotich off the course. He was surprisingly quick for a big man.
Thankfully, as seen in the above video, police escorts were following the lead and quickly corralled Nogueira. After he was taken into custody, the arresting officer said Norueira "has a history of performing acts like these in the past."
Rotich, shaken but not removed, resumed running, and would go on to win.
Brazil has other ties to tackled runners: They were on the receiving end in the 2004 Olympic Men's Marathon, where crazyass defrocked priest Neil Horan of Ireland, citing a visitor from outer space, horse-collared Brazil's Vanderlei de Lima, who was leading with for miles to go. De Lima's end wasn't so happy: after he got going again, he would fade to bronze.