This story is almost too hard to believe. Jon Gugala brought this to our attention. Check out the video as well! Here is the You Tube link:
Kenyan Runner Tackled Mid-Race,
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 SÃ£o
Silvestre in SÃ£o 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.