The internet was shocked to see a paralympic champion given not one, but two prizes that he will never be able to properly use. Luckily, he found the funny side!
A Triumph on the Podium
Spanish para-cyclist Ricardo Ten Argiles secured a heartwarming victory at the UCI World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland on August 13th.
Shocking Prize for First Place
What followed his remarkable win was a surprising, and arguably misplaced, victory prize that has left the world in shock.
The Unusual Gift That Caught the World’s Attention
As he stood atop the podium, basking in the glory of his achievement, Argiles was presented with a rather unconventional prize – a Tissot watch.
The Shocking Twist
The issue? Argiles has two amputated arms that stop just above the elbow, making it impossible to wear a watch in the first place.
Social Media Sensation
The clip of the watch presentation, has soared to viral status on the internet with people reacting both in shock and humor.
From Tragedy to Triumph
Argiles’ journey to becoming a celebrated para-athlete is as remarkable as it is inspiring.
Electrocuted at Eight-Years-Old
An unfortunate electrocution incident when he was just eight years old resulted in the amputation of both his arms and one of his legs.
Propelling Himself to Victory
As he grew older and learned to cope with his new superpower, his spirit and determination propelled him to greatness in the world of athletics.
The Irony of the Watch Prize
While the tradition of gifting timepieces to winners is deeply rooted in the cycling world, with Tissot the proud sponsor for this particular event, this time it may have been worth breaking the tradition for a more tasteful prize.
A Double Twist
Argiles not only claimed victory in the C1 scratch race, but also clinched a gold medal in the road time trial meaning that he received not one, but two watches.
Embracing the Humor and the Moment
Rather than expressing frustration or disappointment, the 47-year-old Paralympian athlete embraced the gesture with a heartwarming sense of humour.
Finding the Funny Side
His genuine acceptance of the watches and his ability to find the funny side of the situation on his social media shows his likable personality.
A Legacy to Build
As if his achievements on a bicycle weren’t enough, it’s important to note that Argiles had already etched his name in Paralympic history in a completely different arena.
A Multitalented Inspiration
Prior to his cycling career, he established himself as a dominant force in swimming, boasting three Paralympic gold medals and three world titles in para-swimming.
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