The 15 athletes had been compelled to dodge the digicam operator, who, together with his again to the runners, appeared oblivious to the state of affairs unfolding behind him.
Video of the incident exhibits a few of the runners shouting on the operator, who solely realized what was occurring after the pack handed him.
“I used to be a little bit apprehensive that he was going to dart a technique or one other, proper on the final second, however fortunately, he did not notice we had been there till all of us handed him,” US runner Evan Jager, who positioned sixth, mentioned after the race.
Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali took gold within the race — an occasion that requires negotiating 28 limitations and 7 water jumps round seven-and-a-half laps of a observe.
“The course was very tactical, gradual. We had excellent runners like defending champion [Conseslus] Kipruto,” El Bakkali, the 2020 Olympic champion, mentioned after the race.
“I positioned properly within the final lap. I’m very robust within the 400m, and it labored out for me,” he added.
Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia took silver and the 2019 champion, Kenya’s Kipruto, took bronze.
The World Athletic Championships, being held in the US for the primary time ever, conclude July 24.