She thinks it’s all over

Garcia-Caro was in a for a nasty surprise Credit: Screenshot You Tube

American singer Lenny Kravitz had a huge hit with It ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over and Spanish race walker Laura Garcia-Caro should have remembered those words.


She was taking part in the 20km race walk  in the European Athletics Championships in Rome on June 7 when she made a very embarrassing mistake.

As she headed into the last 400 metres of the race she seemed in such a strong position to take bronze that she even managed to get hold of a Spanish flag.

So confident was she that just a little way from the finish line she started to punch the air, smiling and sticking out her tongue in anticipation of winning her first ever major athletics medal.

Then it all started to go wrong as Ukrainian athlete Lyudmyla Olyanovska who had been steadily gaining her in the last circuit of the track, drew level with Garcia-Caro with just five metres to go.

Look of delight turns to horror

The Spaniard’s look of delight turned to one of horror and although she tried to speed up, the  momentum was with her rival who passed her, just two metres out and went on to take third place and the bronze medal.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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