With his lead quickly evaporating during the final stretch of the 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 SEC Track & Field Championships, Infinite Tucker decided he was going to leave it all on the track.
The result were some bumps and bruises to go along with his gold medal:
Tucker had finished second in the same event at the SEC Championships a year earlier, and was clearly determined not to let that happen again. “Look. I closed my eyes over hurdle 10. I opened it, saw my ma at the finish, and I jumped to give her a hug,” Tucker, a junior from Texas A&M, told ESPN after the race. “That’s all it is.”
Did diving really help him finish with a superior time? It’s hard to say—a 2012 examination of the topic by Runner’s World found diving for the finish line is more likely to result in a slower time if anything. But Tucker got the gold, and we can’t hate on that level of dedication.