Elementary School Kid Completes Epic Relay Comeback for the Ages (Video)
When you think about it, it shouldn’t really matter what order you put sprinters in when running a relay. Sure, coaches will say that you need your fastest runner to go last to either make up ground or extend a lead. But of course, if the fastest runner went first, you might also open up a lead that the other teams can’t close.
So no, theoretically, if everyone runs the best race they can run, the time will be the same whether the best person on the team goes first or last.
That being said, I will admit one advantage to putting your best runner last: it makes for more exciting finishes. And that is exactly what we have for you today.
In Australia recently, at the New South Wales State Athletic Championships, a kid by the name of James Gallaugher closed an absolutely ginormous gap to take the 4x100m relay for Ulladulla Primary School.
And I am not exaggerating. This is one of the most awesome things you will see all week.
Take a look:
That’s some comeback, isn’t it?
At first I thought, well, that lead kid must be hurt or something. But, as you surely noticed yourself, the other kids don’t close the gap. Just James Gallaugher does.
Needless to say, I think the kid might have a future in athletics.