A Japanese athlete’s attempt to qualify for the Men’s Pole Vault at the 2016 Rio Olympics fell short – after his manhood got in the way.
Hiroki Ogita was attempting to clear a height of 5.3 metres in the qualifying rounds on Saturday when his leg – then his penis – came in contact with the bar.
Ogita was only able to clear a height of 5.45 metres in his last round, relegating him to 21st place and ending his Rio campaign.
In the Pole Vault finals Brazilian athlete Thiago da Silva cleared 6.03 meters, an Olympic record, to upset world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France.
It was Da Silva’s highest jump ever by 10cm, earning the host country’s second gold of South America’s first Olympics. It was also the first athletics gold achieved by a Brazilian man since Joaquim Cruz won the men’s 800m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Sam Kendricks took bronze for the United States after clearing 5.85, with Czech Jan Kudlicka and Piotr Lisek of Poland in fourth.
reporting by Reuters