Olympics 2016: Haitian hurdler Jeffrey Julmis crashes but gets up again

Jeffrey Julmis doesn't get enough height on his first jump and crashes straight into the first hurdle of the men's 110m hurdles semifinals of the Rio Olympics.

Story highlights

  • Haitian hurdler didn't want to be "sore loser"
  • Jeffrey Julmis crashes through first hurdle before recovering
  • "The Olympic spirit -- finish the race," he said

(CNN)After a Usain Bolt-style pre-race build-up complete with a cheeky look at the cameras as he pointed at his watch, Haitian athlete Jeffrey Julmis quickly came crashing straight down to earth.

Competing in the semifinals of the men's 110-meter hurdles, the 28-year-old took a nasty tumble as he ran through the first hurdle.
    Ouch! Haiti's Jeffrey Julmis, crashes into the first hurdle in the men's 110m hurdles semifinal.
    Traveling at high speed, Julmis ended up doing a somersault, landing close to the second hurdle.
    Disappointment for Julmis, who was competing in his second Olympics and has yet to reach a final.
    Apart from probably wishing the ground would swallow him up, Julmis could also have been forgiven if he had thrown in the towel after what must surely have been an embarrassing moment for a capable runner competing in his second Olympics.
    But, in true Olympic spirit, he got up again to finish the race to huge cheers from the crowd.
    His dream of reaching an Olympic final now in tatters, Julmis doesn't hesitate as he gets up again to continue his race.
    "It didn't make sense to go down as a sore loser," Julmis, who grew up in Florida, told reporters after he finished in a time of 25.56 seconds, 13 seconds behind race winner Orlando Ortega of Spain.
    To huge roars from the crowd, Julmis finishes his race, only to be disqualified. But he can leave Rio with his head held up high as he never gave up.
    Although Julmis was disqualified, he can take some consolation from improving on his record in London, when he failed to get out of the heats.
    "The Olympic spirit --finish the race," said Julmis, a former member of the track and field team of Kansas State University. "It felt good the crowd cheering me on. But I would've loved to have made it to the final."
    Unsurprisingly Julmis's Rio 2016 moment didn't go unnoticed on social media, with one Twitter user joking the Haitian "wanna be Shaunae Miller," a reference to the Bahamas-born athlete's unconventional approach to winning the 400m final.