An Olympic pole vaulter suffered a freak injury when a falling bar broke his teeth during a training session
- Pole vaulting Olympian Harry Coppell suffered a freak injury during practise Wednesday.
- Coppell vaulted, clipped the bar, but was powerless to prevent it falling on his face.
- A video and photo shows Coppell losing a tooth and chipping another.
One of Britain's medal hopefuls for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo suffered a freak injury this week as he prepared for his pole vaulting event.
The men's pole vault competition begins July 31 at the Olympic Stadium, and Harry Coppell was practising Wednesday ahead of the tournament.
But Coppell had to cut his session short when he clipped the bar during one vault, landed well, but then looked up and saw the bar fall toward his face from a great height.
The 25-year-old athlete can be seen on video trying to prevent the bar from hitting him square on the skull but it still did considerable damage. He lost one tooth and chipped another.
The injury left him requiring emergency dental work, according to Eurosport.
"Got some good vaulting done tonight at the Team GB holding camp," Coppell said on Twitter.
"However, the bar then fell on my face and messed up all my teeth. I hope Tokyo 2020 has a good dentist around."
Watch the incident right here:
-Harry Coppell (@Harry_Coppell) July 21, 2021
Coppell won the pole vaulting event at the 2019 British Athletics Championship and defended the title in 2020 before heading to this year's Olympics with a British record jump of 5.85 meters.
He is hoping to give 21-year-old Swedish star Armand Duplantis a challenge for the gold medal.
Duplantis is the world record holder in the sport with an outdoor vault of 6.15 meters.
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