(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Jeffrey Julmis didn't go over the first hurdle so much as it went over him.
The Haitian 110-meter hurdler couldn't quite get his lead leg up high enough for the first hurdle in the Olympic race Tuesday. He smacked into the barrier, tumbled over it and took the hurdle right along with him.
But the 28-year-old Julmis got back up and cleared the remaining nine hurdles as the crowd applauded his tenacity. He finished in 25.56 seconds, which was more than 13 seconds behind Orlando Ortega's winning time in the heat.
Still, a gold medal for effort.
"It didn't make sense to go down as a sore loser," said Julmis, who grew up in Florida and went to school at Kansas State. "The Olympic spirit _ finish the race. It felt good the crowd cheering me on. But I would've loved to have made it to the final."
Haiti's Jeffrey Julmis completes the men's 110-meter hurdles semifinal after falling at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)