The 36th Man to Finish a Marathon Ruined the Banner-Breaking Moment for a 1st Place Women's Finisher Who Wasn't Shy in Letting Him Hear it
SI- At Sunday's Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Manning finished the race at 2:52:52 to win the women's division. As she approached the finish line, race workers held out the tape for Manning to break through, except Christian Floyd, who finished 36th in the men's group, ran through it instead.
Manning finished just behind Floyd and quickly shouted at him for running through her tape.
"I was a little upset not to get to break the tape because I’ve never gotten to do that before," Manning told The Blade. "But in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t really matter."
Now, wait just a minute. Have we considered that it might have been ignorance? Far be it for me to offer any benefit of the doubt to someone who was accurately described as an asshole. However, how can we be 100% positive that the presumed Harvard grad isn't just some Ivy League douchebag that legitimately thinks that on the 7th day Jesus actually woke up early to set up the whole damn world to celebrate his, and only his, literal and figurative personal milestones and checkpoints? He is named after the religion that tends to spend a lot of time stuck up its own ass, so if the birth certificate fits then you might as well act like it's the only one ever printed.
Now, I'm not so sure that makes for a solid defense of his personality, but him being an insufferable person would at least let him off the hook as a terrible person. The distinction might be slight, but the alternative is that he knew damn well what he was doing in maliciously stealing the moment from a much more accomplished runner after 26.2 miles. If I were him, I think I might put my hand up as the type of guy that has the tendency to forget that other people actually do exist outside of his universe, for it's much worse to be an insecure dude that needs the self satisfaction of running through a fucking ribbon to reinforce the type of delicate ego that can't handle coming in 36th place.
Whatever the case may be, good on Amy Manning for crushing an entire marathon and managing to save one last breath to explicitly call it like she saw it. I wouldn't have even known of her accomplishment if it weren't for the gloved goober earning himself the attention he may or may not have been desperate for with the most unhonorable of mention, so maybe all is well that ends well...