Ath­lete on high­way to shell

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

He won gold at the Rio Olympics, but US sprinter David Ver­burg ran a very dif­fer­ent race last week. The cham­pion run­ner, who won the 4×400m re­lay at the 2016 Rio Olympics, pub­lished a video of him­self sav­ing a tor­toise stranded on the mid­dle of a busy mo­tor­way.

Ver­burg was driv­ing in Florida when he saw the stricken an­i­mal.

He pulled over and ran into the busy road to grab the rep­tile.

“My shoes were un­tied and loose, so as I started run­ning, I thought, ‘This is a ter­ri­ble idea,’ but I had al­ready started,” Ver­burg said. “It hap­pens all the time in Florida.”

Kindly Ver­burg later re­leased the an­i­mal in a nearby patch of wilder­ness.

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