On Sunday, February 19, Liam Purdy shocked the world with an amazing win at the 2017 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship. The American University sprinter lost his right shoe during the 800-meter race, but he was still able to leave his competition in the dust. Watch Purdy put on a tremendous display of athleticism and determination in the video below.
Who needs a sneaker? Not Liam Purdy! He wins the 800 for @AUeagles at @PatriotLeague Championship. @BillSpaulding with the great call! pic.twitter.com/SkIJcXD8Gm
— Patriot League Network | PatriotLeague.tv (@PatriotLeagueTV) February 19, 2017
No shoe, no problem. While Purdy winning that race with a time of 1:53.25 is highly impressive, all of those other sprinters need to be embarrassed. Losing a race to somebody with only one shoe is like getting beat in an ass-kicking contest by a one-legged man.
Purdy told The Washington Post that he lost his shoe around the halfway point of the race after another runner stepped on his heel. This is the price you pay when you have the heart of a goddamn lion.
@PatriotLeagueTV in case anyone wanted to know the aftermath pic.twitter.com/joSYRdtwKi
— Liam Purdy v4.0 (@GrandMastaPurdy) February 20, 2017
That is one helluva battle scar.