Julmis told reporters after his fall and rise: ”I actually went under it [the first hurdle]. My lead leg went under it and I caught it and tumbled over. It happens. On any given day, anything can happen in this sport.

“The moment I fell it was like “aah, why here?” but I got up and I said I have to finish the race. It doesn’t make sense to go down as a sore loser and walk off the track. So I got up and finished the race as a man.”

Julmis’ courage in the face of heartbreak was applauded on social media, where his hurdling fail quickly went viral.

“When the crowd cheered me on, that was the best part. I felt the spirit that I have seen on the videos. It was bittersweet. It was a hard pill to swallow but at that moment when the crowd cheered me, it helped me finish the race,” he said.

“It was a heartbreaker but as soon as the crowd started cheering me on I got back up, and I felt like I did before the race started. It was a great experience.

“But I will be in Tokyo in 2020. Definitely. You can’t stop me now, man.”

For Hamblin, for Redmond, for Julmis there was, on the face of it, nothing to be gained from what they did. And yet what they gained was inestimable.

Actually that earlier quote from De Coubertin wasn’t quite right. What he said was this: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”