This is a cautionary tale: if your task is to hand out flowers after a big sprint, don't start by crossing into a runner's lane. Especially as the race is just ending and the lane belongs to the fastest human on the planet.
That human is of course the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and on Thursday, June 7 he won the 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway. He did it in a time of 9.79, having to come from behind to beat countryman Asafa Powell in the final 10 metres. The two raced side by side and as they slowed after hitting the finish line and that's when the Flower Girl made her appearance.
Usain Bolt: quick reactions save Flower Girl
For whatever reason, she did not appear to be watching as the runners slowed up and Bolt came at her. He had just put a friendly arm and hand out to Powell, seemingly to congratulate him on a strong race, and just after he did so he noticed the Flower Girl. The 3-time Olympic gold-medalist braked and grabbed her, dragging her a few meters but actually preventing her, and her flowers, from crashing to the track.
A commentator on the U.K.'s Daily Mail website noted what many must think about the mishap. "Isn't the first lesson in Flower Girl 101 to be absolutely positive that at a track and field meet the track is clear, prior to just parading out there?" Mark from Dallas, Texas, wrote.
Bolt and the lucky Flower Girl exchanged a brief hug before he moved on to get congratulations from family and friends off to the side of the track. Neither appeared injured.