You won’t learn this in pole vault school:
That’s the USA’s Sam Kendricks in the men’s final on right now. What’s different about this picture is Kendricks’ hands – they’re in the air, palms outward.
The unconventional finish is courtesy of a bit of an oversight by Olympics ground staff, who forgot to cover the mat during a big downpour before the event.
So, as China’s Xue Changrui was the unfortunate first to find out, competitors were suddenly landing on a giant sponge:
Those who followed Xue were quick to protect their chalk-covered hands after his drenching.
It had to be off-putting for Xue, but thankfully, he cleared the bar on his third attempt and is back on track in the final.
The Olympic pole vaulters got soaked because Rio staff forgot to cover the mat during a downpour
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Source: Water Damage