Photo: OLYMPICS 2012: Cuban Pole Vaulter Lazaro Borges Falls After Pole Snaps
Sometimes things just go wrong for Olympics. Cuba’s Lazaro Borges can now include himself on the list of Olympians who had mishaps while the cameras were rolling.
Borges, 26, was heading towards the bar for his attempt at clearing 5.35 meters (about 17.5 feet) in the men’s pole vault finals qualifier when his pole snapped and left him falling from the air.
As roughly 80,000 people held their breath, Borges crashed to the pads, but luckily avoided the broken and sharp debris. He was able to brush himself off and collect the broken pole pieces, before walking away.
The Havana-born Olympian failed to clear the bar on his second attempt, but was able to clear it on his third. Unfortunately, Borges missed all three of his attempts at 5.6 meters later in the day and finished just one place short of qualifying for the finals.
Last year, Borges won a silver medal at the world championship.