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This Olympic Athlete Who Pooped His Pants During His Race Is A Real Hero

Would you continue to walk if you had diarrhea and bleeding, and fell down?

Posted on August 19, 2016, at 11:41 a.m. ET

You may not realize it, but racewalking is an actual sport in the Olympics.

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But sometimes, Olympic heroes arise from the most unexpected places. That's what happened on Friday in the 50-kilometer racewalk final.

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That hero is Yohann Diniz, a racewalker from France.

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Diniz was leading the race for 30 kilometers. At one point, he was more than a minute ahead of his competition. In the last hours of the race, it was around 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and walkers were in full sun from beginning to end of the race.

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The heat became too much for Diniz though and he began to poop his pants and bleed about 45 minutes into the race.

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Despite the issues, he continued walking for another 20 kilometers. He just put a sponge in his shorts.

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The staff of the France team told French TV he had "gastric problems."

The issues became too much for Diniz, and he collapsed. He remained down for a few seconds, but then got up and kept going.

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He did not finish the 50-kilometer walk at Beijing in 2008, or in 2012. So he absolutely had to finish it.

He kept going...

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...and finished the race! He came in eighth, about 5 minutes and 45 seconds behind the Olympic champion.

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Yohann, you are a hero. Bravo.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.