“He Had This Cold, Eerie Look”- Olympic Star Rai Benjamin Encounters Strange Passenger on Plane to Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021

Published 08/20/2021, 11:16 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 400m Hurdles – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Silver medallist Rai Benjamin of the United States celebrates on the podium as he wears a face mask REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel


This year’s 400-meter hurdles competition at the Olympics saw an incredible race. The athletes set the house on fire with their outstanding performances. The victory went to Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin from the USA finished second, both athletes completed the race inside the previous world record. Warholm was the current world record holder but Benjamin finished the race behind him with a record time as well. Now, the athlete will appear in the Nike Prefontaine Classic in a bid to win the gold. Intriguingly, he spoke about meeting a strange passenger en route to the venue.

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Rai Benjamin meets a unique co-passenger

In a unique Tweet, Benjamin spoke about a stranger who was sketching and acted oddly.

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What prompted him to tweet that is still unknown. Apparently, his Uber driver delayed his journey to the airport which caused him to miss the flight.

The interpretations can be endless. Maybe it’s a cryptic message for his competitors in the competition in Oregon. Funnily enough, this post got fans buzzing.

A weird, strange, and creative post but let’s just say he is keeping his mind of the event.

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Benjamin looks to go big

The fantastic athlete from the USA claimed silver, giving competition to Warholm till the end. The Norwegian led the race and broke his existing world record by setting a time of 45.94 seconds. Likewise, Benjamin charged through the track and claimed silver by setting a time of 46.17 seconds.

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The men’s 400-meter world record existed for a long time before it got smashed in the past few months.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 400m Hurdles – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Karsten Warholm of Norway crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of silver medallist, Rai Benjamin of the United States REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

In addition to these two athletes, five more national records were being set by different athletes in Tokyo. Brazilian Alison dos Santos came in the third position and took home the bronze in 46.72 seconds. It became a new South American record and the fourth-ranked fastest time in the competition’s history.

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Heading to Oregon, Benjamin will look to break the hoodoo and finally win the gold medal for this competition. It will once again be a tough battle as different athletes are looking to take home the grand prize.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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