Quick-thinking Irish fans come to the rescue of victorious Ivory Coast star at World Indoor Athletics Championships
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."
Top marks for improvisation 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Z5umFebVlL— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 3, 2018
Was just passing @MurielleAhoure when she was celebrating her first world medal in Istanbul six years ago, and piped up "Hey, your flag looks like my flag". That didn't start the ball rolling, did it? https://t.co/MYvwcsWHwi— Will Downing (@WillDowningComm) March 4, 2018
@MurielleAhoure A pint of green Guiness and warm welcome awaits you in Ireland for Paddy’s day celebrations 🇮🇪 ( adopted flag )— Paul Mc Keon (@PaulMcKeon2) March 4, 2018
No medals for the Irish at #iaafworlds, but our flag got to do a lap of honour. Murielle Ahoure, winner of the women's 60m was helped out by Irish fans after being unable to find an Ivory Coast one. pic.twitter.com/dOg7zNp2IS— Cathal Dennehy (@Cathal_Dennehy) March 2, 2018
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