Aim for the Leader

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This is the final lap of an 800 meter race at the IUAA Indoor Championships last year. The front runner falls victim to a flexible pole vault crossbar as he approaches the finish line. Why is the pole vault practice set up so close to the track? Of course, you have to wonder how the judges will deal with the circumstances. It turns out that this is a qualifying heat, and the runner was passed to the finals along with the actual first-place finisher. -via reddit

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I find it interesting that the pole vault "crossing bar" is soft and flexible, presumably to prevent injuries on unsuccessful vaults. You learn something every day. Thanx, Miss C.
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