One of the most amazing things about sport is that everybody, from every race, religion and origin gathers for that particular momentous occasion, all for a particular team, individual or sentiment.
Life outside competition is barely talked about and often even the world never gets to know.
This however, can no longer be the same for USA duo, Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris who ran together at the USA Cross Country Championships and took home fifth- and sixth-place finishes in Bend, Oregon.
Dancing to a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015), Pagano and Balouris featured in a parody video put together by a Boston Athletic Association team.
Inspired by the dancers in Justin Bieber’s original video, the team believed they could make a comparable dance video using their choreography and enthusiasm.
Without any dance instruction or editing expertise, they managed to mimic the video “to a tee”.
Sarah Pagano is an alumni of Syracuse University. She posted 35:44, 1:20 behind winner Aliphine Tuliamuk at the U.S. Cross Country Championships to qualify for the World stage.
Elaina Balouris is a long-distance runner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships by finishing in sixth place (the final world team qualifying spot) at the 2015 USA Cross Country Championships.
She finished in 64th place at those World Championships.
The duo will be in action on Sunday with intentions of scooping silverware at Kololo Independence Grounds, Kampala.