Italian Eyob Faniel won the Venice marathon on Sunday after a bizarre incident in which the leading six runners took a wrong turn.
Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group 25km (16 miles) into the race when the motorcycle guiding the runners took a wrong turn.
The six leaders covered several hundred meters before being made aware of the error and turning back. They lost about two minutes.
Faniel, who runs for the local Venice marathon club, was around a minute behind the leaders at the time but found himself leading the race along with Mohammed Mussa, who he immediately passed.
The 25-year-old Faniel went on to become the first Italian to win the race in 22 years.
Why didn’t the guide know the route?