Racers generally lean into that final moment of a race as they cross the finish line, attempting to shave tenths of a second off their final time. But twice on Monday night, runners went full Premier League and dove. It serves as a good example for the casual track and field fan of why runners lean forward, because it's all about what crosses the finish line first.
The dive worked both times Monday night. The first dive happened when Brazilian hurdler Joao Vitor de Oliveira dove at the finish line, achieving a placement that allowed him to qualify for semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles. In the moment before the dive, it looked like there was no way he would qualify. He took a risk with the dive, especially since it had been raining on and off and he had to push off from a wet track. It paid off.