Just as Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was about to plow through the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, a spectator promoting a prostitution website sneaked onto the course and crossed the finish line first.
The unidentified man, who broke through the ribbon seconds before Kipsang, was sporting a T-shirt advertising a website that helps “gentlemen with high demands” find prostitutes, according to the website.
But the unsavory moment didn’t ruin it for Kipsang, who said he was very happy with the win.
The marathoner came in at 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds to better the previous mark set by compatriot Patrick Makau, Yahoo Sports reported.
“I’m very happy that I have won and broken the world record,” he said. “I was really inspired by Paul Tergat when he broke the world record here 10 years ago and I’m very happy that I was in a position to break the record on the same course.”
Kipsang won $54,000 plus another $68,000 for breaking the record by 15 seconds, The Associated Press reported.