Ireland didn't win anything at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, but one Irish fan came to the rescue of an Ivorian athlete to get the Irish flag some air time, writes Stephen Barry.
Murielle Ahouré had just won gold in the 60m, leading home a 1-2 for the Ivory Coast.
WATCH: In a dominant display @MurielleAhoure makes history to win her nation's first ever global 🥇medal.— IAAF (@iaaforg) March 2, 2018
However, when Ahoure and her teammate Marie-Josée Ta Lou went to celebrate the momentous achievement for their country, they couldn't find an Ivory Coast flag.
Step in Ireland supporter David Kenneally.
He loaned his flag to Ahouré for the lap of honour, as the photographers got their back-page snaps for the Ivory Coast press.
Signing off from Birmingham: here's the reunion between the Irishman and the Ivorian, David Kenneally and @MurielleAhoure, the day after she carted his Irish flag on the lap of honour after victory in the 60m. Photo: @walkerkate pic.twitter.com/iAmdjKsxsH— Cathal Dennehy (@Cathal_Dennehy) March 4, 2018
She told the BBC: "I just flipped it upside down. It's just the opposite so I said, 'okay, we'll make it work'.
"It's the exact same flag."
Top marks for improvisation 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Z5umFebVlL— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 3, 2018
We'll claim it as a win!