WATCH: Spanish marathon runner takes 28 seconds to cross the finish line and claim victory in Valencia 61 days ago

WATCH: Spanish marathon runner takes 28 seconds to cross the finish line and claim victory in Valencia. Image: @apuntesports/Twitter

A SPANISH marathon runner taking part in the Alcúdia Half Marathon (Valencia) took a whole 28 seconds to cross the finish line as he claimed victory in the race – with many wondering why he took so long.

Marathon runner Luis Ángel Escriche reached the finish line of the half marathon in Valencia over the weekend way ahead of the rest of the field and decided to wait nearly 30 seconds before crossing the finishing line and claiming victory.

The reason? To avoid beating the race record by too much.

Escriche claimed a €150 bonus for beating the course record for the ‘Mitja del Kaki’ race and according to local media reports, the runner did not want to beat the course record by too much because he wants to scoop the prize money next year by beating the record again!

Luis’ strategy raised some criticism, however, he told, that “everyone can think what they want.”

He did admit that the image of him standing at the finish line for so long could be seen as disrespectful and acknowledged that maybe he should have passed the finish line sooner.

The viral video of the Spanish marathon runner in Valencia comes after a goal at a Spanish football match also went viral on social media.

A wonder strike from Algeciras player Tomás on Sunday, October 2 went viral.

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