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David Verburg won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, but his best running may have happened last week when he sprinted through a busy intersection to save a tortoise crossing the road.
After swerving to miss it on a Florida highway, the 4X400 track star turned around and started running towards the slow-moving reptile.
So this happened today. pic.twitter.com/yIVajtQKA4
— David Verburg,OLY (@AdiVerb) October 28, 2018
“My shoes were untied and loose, so as I started running, I low-key thought ‘This was a terrible idea,’ but I already started running,” said Verburg.
“It happens all the time in Florida. I move a tortoise/turtle whenever I see one. I just so happened to catch this one on camera,” Verburg said.
Even with untied shoes, his speed allowed him to save the tortoise from a bad day—without having to interrupt traffic for very long, either.
Verburg later left the tortoise in a safer spot by the road.
There’s some sort of pun about an Olympic sprinter and a tortoise here, but this story’s too good to spoil with a bad pun.
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