Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro jumps into the water after losing her right shoe in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro raised some big cheers at the Olympic Stadium after running the final few laps of her 3,000-meter steeplechase heat with one shoe on. 

Diro, fifth in the Olympic final in 2012, got caught up in a tangle with two other runners and her right running shoe came half-off.

Struggling to put it back on, and losing precious time, Diro eventually gave up on the shoe, threw it and then her right sock away, and set off in pursuit of the leaders again.


Appreciating her guts, the Brazilian crowd was willing her on, as were plenty of other people watching.




Giving it everything, and overtaking a bunch of other runners, Diro came home seventh.

That wasn't quite enough for a place in the final at first. But after a protest from three teams, including the Ethiopians, Diro was advanced to the final.

She will get to lace them up _ both of them _ in the gold medal race on Monday.


(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)