“Look, I closed my eyes over hurdle 10. I opened it, saw my ma at the finish, and I jumped to give her a hug,” the hurdler told ESPN after the race. “That’s all it is.”

The fact that his teammate was so close to him towards the end was not the only reason he was willing to take the risky jump. When Tucker competed in this race back in 2017, his efforts came up just short as he finished in second place. There’s little doubt that that loss was certainly going through his mind. For the sake of his skin’s health, I hope there aren’t any more races he feels the need to avenge in such dramatic fashion.