Attack of the Rubber Pole Vault: Who did this guy piss off?

Nothing out of the ordinary here. You enter a race, you start running, you think everything is good. Legs are working well, you say to yourself “Hey, whata ya know, I’m in first place”. The moment couldn’t be better,  and then WHAM! A flying piece of rubber pole vault comes out of no where and makes you look like you shit your pants in the middle of the biggest race of your life.  I don’t know what this guy did in his past life, but whatever it was, it must have been bad. No supreme being can be this cruel.

This guy was clearly running away with the race until this ridiculous moment happened. One thing I can tell you is that this Irishmen deserved to lose. He deserved to lose because he didn’t keep his head on a swivel. Just because it’s a non contact sport doesn’t mean you start taking things for granted.  Don’t believe for one moment that completely random pieces of sporting equipment can’t rain down on you and make you look like you just got hit with a tranquilizer dart. Any self-respecting athlete, which I am, will tell you that, which I just did. Let this be a lesson to you young men, in the 800 meter race of life, always expect the unexpected.