Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments in sport go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.
So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last few days.
Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...
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1. Kid shows just how fast marathon runners really go... then faceplants on pavement
Ahhh, the exuberance of youth, eh? You've got to love kids (or grown-ups, OAPs or dogs) who try to run alongside the stars of sport for a while. Especially when, as in this instance, they show so brilliantly that a female marathon star's mid-race cruising pace is more than a match for an all-out sprint by an athletic-looking 11-year-old.
You especially have to love those kids (or grown-ups etc) who end up finishing off their sporting cameos with a pratfall worthy of Norman Wisdom in his heyday. And so, on both scores, we salute the young Glaswegian whose star turn in the clip above made our day.
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2. Is Neymar auditioning for a part in Downton Abbey?
There's been a bit of coverage of these candid snaps of Neymar on his holidays. The gist has been: "What's that? Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar, wearing a ladies' corset while on the beach? Hahahaha!"
As soon as you piece things together it becomes clear: this corset is the aftermath of Neymar’s World Cup nightmare. The Barcelona superstar is still feeling the ill-effects of Juan Camilo Zuniga’s overzealous challenge in the World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Colombia. With the league season set to start in under a month, the image of Neymar having to still wear a protective “corset” while holidaying is a worrying sight for any Barca fan. And even as a non-fan, any decent human being should sympathise with a young lad who broke his spine a few weeks ago, and is simply wearing some sort of protective/recuperative gear to aid his recovery.
But let's face it: such sober, rational thought isn't what has made the internet what it is today. So instead we'll leave you with this: Look at the pic above! It's Neymar! Wearing a ladies' corset! Hahahahah!
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3. Get into sport this summer, part one: Press-ups
One word: YIKES!
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3. Get into sport this summer, part two: Diving
Two words: DOUBLE YIKES!
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5. "So, Mr Bolt... what's your view on Israel and Palestine?"
Usain Bolt had no need, financially or sportingly, to run at the Commonwealth Games. Yet he's decided to grace the Glasgow even with his presence. Nobody is entirely sure why. Is it just a bit of fun? A bit of a run out? A bit of a boost to his PR machine (not that he ever needs one)? Some bragging rights among his fellow athletes? Who knows, but we're all mightly glad that he's here - even if he's only running the relays.
His reward for that decision? Turning up to his pre-event press conference and being bombarded by all manner of questions from journalists who shouldn't be allowed to... well, we'll let you judge for yourself with this pick of three of the worst, as spotted by the good people over at Sports Grid:
“Usain, I’ll be honest. None of us in here are here for work — we’re all here as fans. Can we please get a selfie with you?” (Answer: “After this.”).
“You’ll be aware that the Commonwealth Games are the friendly Games, with a subtext of human rights. In the past, the Israel and Palestine territories have tried to join the Commonwealth. You’re a man of the world. What is your view?” (Answer: “For me, I hear about it but I don’t really follow politics so I can’t really comment unless I have the full details.”).
“Can I just ask you what your opinion is of an independence referendum on Scotland coming up in a couple of months’ time. Have you got any thoughts?” (Answer: “I didn’t even know that. I’m sorry.”).
That's right, folks: at one of the year's biggest sporting events, and with Jamaican athletics riven by drug scandals in recent times, he's asked to solve the Israeli-Palestine situation. You actually couldn't make it up.
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