Italian decathlete Alberto Nonino had to deal with a worst-case scenario during the 400-meter race at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Nonino was off to a good start out of the blocks, but an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction caused him to slowly drift to the back of the pack with the 18-year-old ultimately finishing in last place. As it turns out, Nonino’s penis accidentally kept popping out of his shorts which caused him to reach down and hold his crotch multiple times to keep from exposing himself to the entire crowd.
Mundial de atletismo sub20, Cali (Colombia). Última serie de los 400 metros del decatlón.
El italiano Alberto Nonino (18 años), por la calle cinco, empieza muy bien pero acaba entrando último.
— David Sánchez de Castro (@SanchezdeCastro) August 3, 2022
Nonino addressed the incident on Instagram Live after story of his wardrobe malfunction went viral.
“I just want to talk to you a little bit about the rumpus there’s been on blogs and social media in general,” Nonino said, via the New York Post. “I’m conscious it was obviously an accident and I’d like to tell you I’m aware of the reaction and you don’t need to send me the links to the blogs out there.
“I’m trying to laugh about it now but immediately afterwards I felt terrible and I’m thankful to my friends and family for helping me get over what happened a few hours later.”
After exposing yourself on live television and to a packed crowd, all you can do is laugh. So kudos to you, Nonino, but make sure to protect your junk a little better the next time you hit the track.