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Inspirational moment Australian distance runner gets up and finishes 10,000m final after collapsing

Inspirational moment Australian distance runner gets up and finishes the 10,000m final after collapsing in exhaustion with 50 metres to go

Australian distance runner Patrick Tiernan has collapsed to the track in exhaustion in the final lap of the Olympic 10,000m final in Tokyo, before picking himself up to struggle across the line.

Tiernan, the 10,000m national record holder, had bravely stayed with the leading group for the vast majority of the race.

With a lap to go, the 26-year-old looked to be well placed for a top-10 finish, only to hit the wall in the final straight on a humid Tokyo evening.

Australian distance runner Patrick Tiernan has collapsed to the track in exhaustion in the final lap of the Olympic 10,000m final in Tokyo, before picking himself up to struggle across the line

He got back to his feet to cross the finish line in 19th place.

Tiernan received medical attention after the race before being given the all-clear by the Australian medicos.

He is also entered in the 5,000m, with the heats to take place on Tuesday.

Selemon Barega from Ethiopia was a surprise winner of the 10,000m in 27 minutes 43.22 seconds, with the minor medals going to world record holder Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda and his countryman Jacob Kiplimo.

Tiernan received medical attention after the race before being given the all-clear by the Australian medicos

Tiernan received medical attention after the race before being given the all-clear by the Australian medicos

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