"I am quite certain that having my race end within yards of the finish line is the worst ever DNF. Losing the World Championships within meters of the line is still easier than a DNF. This is a hard one to process for me. Why? Where did I go wrong?" Three time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid writes on he web site.
The Canadian XTERRA triathlete collapsed just meters short of the finishline at this year's XTERRA World Championships on her way to a potential podium (See video below).
So what went so disastrously wrong in Hawaii?
McQuaid writes "I had found my limits on that day."
She adds that she doesn't remember much of the end of the race and thus we still don't know what really caused the champ to collapse.
"I was told that I staggered, took a few wobbly steps, grabbed the fencing and tried to get myself to the line. I also was told I refused medical attention and jumped out of the golf cart they were trying to use to get me to the line. I am proud of myself to even know what the right thing to do is when I am completely out of it - FINISH!! However, I was incapable of finishing."
Thanks to Dave Erickson for this video: Please visit his Examiner web page HERE for more swim bike and run news.