What is the most embarrassing moment in Olympic history
The most embarassing moment ever was also one of the most courageous ones ever:
Eric Moussambani, from Equatorial Guinea, 100m freestyle, Sydney 2000
Moussambani gained entry to the Olympics without meeting the minimum qualification requirements via a wildcard draw designed to encourage developing countries without expensive training facilities to participate.
Eric had learned to swim only 8 months before, and only practiced in a 20m pool, at a hotel in Malabo, (he had never seen a 50m pool before the Olympics). However, after the two other competitors were disqualified, Eric swam on his own in his heat, and won, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 17,500 at the Sydney International Aquatic Center. “The last 15 metres were very difficult,” he said.
He obviously fail to break the record for the 100m but was also outside that for the 200m!
However, even if he was nicknamed “Eric the Eel” by the media after the event, he set a new personal best and Equatoguinean national record.
With his admirable attitude and courage, Eric paved the way for his country, and besides being a swimming coach, they have have now the facilities and the resources for the sport.