Italian decathlete Alberto Nonino suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during the 2022 World U20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia on Thursday.
18-year-old Nonino reportedly started the race strong by outshining much of his competition on the first leg of the race, but soon enough another leg started giving him trouble when his penis dislodged and started slipping out of his running shorts. .
Soon Nonino began to lose position in the race because he became preoccupied with using his hands to cover his crotch.
Italian Alberto Nonino suffered a nightmarish wardrobe malfunction at the U20 World Championships in Cali, Colombia when his genitals fell out of his shorts while competing in the 400m decathlon event. https://t.co/T4hvJWu0lk pic.twitter.com/aHQXP68uH2
— Jamaica Observer (@JamaicaObserver) August 5, 2022
Unable to swing his arms properly, he began to slow as the other runners passed him.
Finally, just before the finish line, he stopped and readjusted. He finally trotted out as the last to cross the finish line.
Nonino said he was mortified by the whole incident, but his friends and family helped him through the disastrous race and the reams of hills he received on the internet afterward.
“I just want to talk to you a bit about the heckling there has been on blogging and social media in general,” Nonino wrote according to the New York Post. “I’m aware that it was obviously an accident and I would like to tell you that I’m aware of the backlash and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs there. I’m trying to get some laughing now, but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and am grateful to my friends and family for helping me get through what happened a few hours later.
Ridicule was stiff, indeed.
A Tweet from journalist David Sanchez de Castro was typical. The writer noted: “Last run of the 400 meter decathlon. Italian Alberto Nonino in lane five starts very well but crosses the finish line last. He took the bullets out, literally.
Mundial de atletismo sub20, Cali (Colombia). Ultimate series of los 400 metros del decatlon.
El italiano Alberto Nonino (18), by calle cinco, empieza muy bien pero acaba entrando último.
— David Sanchez de Castro (@SanchezdeCastro) August 3, 2022
Others stack up:
A very embarrassing moment for an Italian decathlete #albertononino Who kept “coming out” of his shorts during the 400 meter race at #WorldAthleticsU20 In #Colombia. The 18-year-old tried (literally) to cover his embarrassment with his hand which saw him come last. pic.twitter.com/7BGOCsT7Wg
— TONYINBHAM (@TT0121) August 5, 2022
What was he competing in?
— Matt Anderson (@dezined) August 5, 2022
Alberto Nonino’s tula will correspond: pic.twitter.com/ypNiyH4jkg
— Kaerás conmigo 🇵🇹 (@K0D3N_2) August 4, 2022
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston, or Truth Social @WarnerToddHuston