Former Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae was knocked out of second place in a virtual triathlon when her husband accidentally tripped over a wire and unplugged her smart bike. She continued to pedal and finish the race, despite falling out of the podium position.

“Really enjoyed taking part in the [Ironman] VR1 this weekend,” Carfrae wrote on Instagram. “Might take a few more days to forgive [Tim O’Donnell] for the colossal stuff up. Of all the things that could have gone wrong, [Tim] kicking out the cord was definitely not on our radar.”

Carfare, 39, was competing in her first Ironman VR Pro Challenge, a competition to take place weekly during the coronavirus crisis.

Organisers Ironman said: “We believe that under extraordinary circumstances such as these, athletes should be able to maintain the structure and continuity that training and competition provides.”explaining the situation on the next slide.

But the competition was not to be for Carfrae. The Australian revealed how the connection was severed in her Instagram story, holding up a sign that read “it’s Tim’s fault!”.

“He decided to bring my trophies in here as motivation and when he walked around the back he kicked out the plug. What an idiot,” she said, adding that he is racing virtually next weekend and she will not repeat his mistake.

Carfrae, who now lives in the US, finished first at the Ironman world championship in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and has a host of other podium finishes.