Friday 14 December 2018

Quick-thinking Irish fans come to the rescue of victorious Ivory Coast star at World Indoor Athletics Championships

Murielle Ahoure (R) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou (L) of Cote D'Ivoire celebrate - with an Irish flag
Murielle Ahoure (R) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou (L) of Cote D'Ivoire celebrate - with an Irish flag

The Irish tri-colour was raised in glory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships - but it's not exactly what you think.

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure stormed to glory in the women's 60m and as she celebrated, she realised she had no flag to drape around her shoulders.

Up stepped quick-thinking Irish fans in the crowd who threw her a tri-colour which, of course, is the exact same as an Ivory Coast flag when flipped around the other way.

When asked about the incident after the race, Ahoure told the BBC: "Oh yes, and I just flipped it upside down. It's just the opposite so I said, 'ok, we will just make it work'. It's the exact same flag."

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