Decathlon athlete Alberto Nonino knew he would have stiff competition when he got on the track, but he had no clue he would be fighting his lower region during a race. Nonino had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction during the home straight of the 400-meter race.
The Italian athlete ended up last at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships – after making the rash decision to go commando and having to run with his dong out of tight-fitting shorts.
Nonino started off promisingly and went past two rivals on the last bend, but his final straight was slowed down as he was filmed grabbing his crotch up to six times as his competitors went past him and he finished at the back of the pack.
Sports journalist David Sanchez de Castro left nothing to the imagination by revealing in a tweet alongside footage of Nonino’s embarrassing moment: “World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.
“Last series of the 400 meters decathlon. The Italian Alberto Nonino in lane five begins very well but crosses the finishing line last. He had his p**** out, literally.”
He added in a follow-up explanation:
“Perhaps I’ve explained myself poorly. His penis escaped out of the side of his shorts and he had to hold it because it wasn’t allowing him to run properly which is normal when your dongle is swinging from side to side.”
Shortly after the race, Nonino made his thoughts known on the incident.
“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general,” Nonino wrote on his Instagram story. “I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there. I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.”