For any other person, losing a shoe in the middle of a track race would mean disaster. For Syracuse freshman and Canadian Justyn Knight, it only meant he had to work harder for the ACC title, as he told Syracuse.com:
Syracuse freshman Justyn Knight lost his sneaker in the middle of his 1,500-meter win on Saturday and still out-kicked the rest of the ACC to the finish line. Knight won the ACC title by six-hundreths of a second over Virginia Tech's Neil Gourley, finishing with a time of 3:47.85.
"It was tough because I didn't have any grip," Knight told Cuse.com after the race. "I knew I didn't want to come in second without a shoe, so I had to come in first."
If you look closely, you can see Knight's shoe laid out on the ground, waving goodbye to all the other runners:
Knight, for his part, thought the incident was hilarious:
When you realize you just lost your shoe during a championship race pic.twitter.com/H4pFRk8uDk— Justyn Knight (@justyn_knight) May 18, 2015
And he should, because he won. Oh, Canada.