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Irish tri-colour was used in Murielle Ahoure's improvised celebrations at World Indoor Athletics Championships

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure celebrates winning gold in the Women's 60m final - with an Irish fan's flag.
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure celebrates winning gold in the Women's 60m final - with an Irish fan's flag.

The Irish tri-colour was raised in glory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships - but it's not exactly what you think.

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure stormed to glory in the women's 60m and as she celebrated, she realised she had no flag to drape around her shoulders.

Up stepped quick-thinking Irish fans in the crowd who threw her a tri-colour which, of course, is the exact same as an Ivory Coast flag when flipped around the other way.

When asked about the incident after the race, Ahoure told the BBC: "Oh yes, and I just flipped it upside down. It's just the opposite so I said, 'ok, we will just make it work'. It's the exact same flag.

Here she is having a laugh about the situation:

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