Doha: Abderrahaman Samba literally stepped on disaster which presented itself before him in the form of the last barrier, almost fell over, and fell out of medal bracket in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in London on Wednesday.
Samba, running in lane six, was in third place and readying himself for the final push when he hit the last hurdle hard.
Luckily for the young Qatari, he managed to stay on his feet after a bit of a wobble and avoid any injuries.
Meanwhile at the front, Karsten Warholm of Norway won gold in 48.35 seconds and Turkey's Yasmani Copello took silver (48.49) with a late burst to finish ahead of America's Olympic champion Kerron Clement who had to settle for bronze (48.52).
Samba, who announced his arrival on the scene with a time of 48.31sec in Sasolburg, South Africa, in March and blasted to victory at the Doha Diamond League in May, came in seventh in 49.74 in what was only his fourth official race in the distance.
The 22-year-old tall and powerful runner, who sported a cool pair of shades and a Qatari cap, was still in high spirits, congratulating the winners despite his heartbreak.
For he must be knowing for sure that at just 22 years, time is definitely on his side.