Saturday 17 March 2018

Watch: 'Oh jayney mack!' - Broken pole vault causes carnage in Irish Universities 800m race Newsdesk Newsdesk

Of all the endings to an athletics race, this is definitely one you haven't seen before.

As Niall Atwood rounded the final bend of his men's 800m heat at the Irish University Indoor Championships in Athlone IT, he looked likely to ease home and claim first place. What he wasn't expecting was a rogue piece of equipment from the pole vault event to fly onto the track and get tangled in his legs.

As you can see from this video shared on Twitter by Feidhlim Kelly, Atwood struggled to readjust after the shock, with the similarly stunned commentator treating us to a brilliant reaction to the drama.

Don't feel too bad for Atwood though, as he was subsequently given a bye into the final due to the unusual nature of his race.

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