The Tokyo Olympics united the world during these tough and uncertain times, bringing joy to several million people all over the world. While the Olympics are all about the greatest display of talent and skill, there are still some not so elegant moments that do not fail to shock the world.
From injuring themselves to injuring others and staging all out protests, here are 7 moments at the Tokyo Olympics, that did not fail to shock us.
7 Moments at the Tokyo Olympics that Left Everyone in Shock
Trouble in the Velodrome
The velodrome was a cause for much drama this year, as several people suffered from falls in a race to the finish. One such incident was when Australia’s Alexander Porter suffered a painful fall after the handles of his bikes fell off mid race. Porter was travelling at an extremely high speed when the handles of his bike snapped off in the men’s team pursuit. He escaped the dangerous situation without any injuries and the Australians could call for a restart of the race.
Another incident say Denmark’s Frederick Madsen collide explosively into Great Britain’s Charlie Tanfield in the final laps of the men’s team pursuit.
Biting off More Than One can Chew
The semi final’s of the mens 57kg freestyle wrestling took place between India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. The end of the match saw a bizarre scene, as Sanayev bit Dahiya’s bicep in the final seconds of the match in a last ditch attempt.
Sanayev bit Dahiya out of pure frustration, after he lost the semifinal bout, as he needed just a point to get into the gold medal match. Dahiya came back in great fashion however, and defeated his opponent with a score of 9-2, settling the match once and for all.
Taking off and Taking Out during Pre Competition Warm Ups
Skateboarding at Tokyo Olympics saw Australia’s Kieran Woolley quite literally topple the cameraman, as he accidentally crashed into the cameraman after an impressive first run in the finals. The cameraman was eager to get close to the action, the final rail grind. he had a few problems in landing the trick, and the 17 year old lost his balance and collided with the camera man and knocked him to the floor. It was all good though, as the cameraman was soon on his feet, as he gave a thumbs up to the youngster.
Another incident saw Dutch BMX rider Niek Kimmann collide into an Olympic Official during his warmup run. The official tried to cross the track during the session, and Kimmann was powerless, as he knocked down the official. He was grateful to walk away with only a sore knee after a dangerous crash.
Winning by a Mile, or Losing by a Mile?
Netherland’s Annemiek Van Vleuten’s dreams came crashing down, as what she thought was a gold medal win unfortunately turned into a silver medal win. She finished off the Tokyo Olympic women’s road cycling race in style, only to later realise that she had come in second, over a minute behind the first place finisher.
Since there was no communication between the cyclist and her team, and she did not know that Austrian Anna Keisenhofer had finished one minute and 15 seconds ahead of her, as her bliss was short lived.
Staging a Protest during the Tokyo Olympics
The men’s super heavyweight boxing category at the Tokyo Olympics did not end well for France’s Mourad Aliev, who appeared to be on track to finish on the podium. His journey however came to an end in the quarterfinals, after he was disqualified for repeatedly head butting his opponent despite several warnings.
The bizarre part came after this, as Aliev staged a protest outside the ring, sitting there not ready to move. He spent a few minutes gesturing angrily toward his opponent Fraser Clarke, who tried to calm the situation down. He later began hitting a TV camera with his fists after the result was announced and staged a protest on the canvas just outside the ropes, remaining there for 30 minutes.
Shooting Your Own Shot
Ukrainian shooter Serhiy Kulish was in for a rude awakening after he shot his opponent’s target instead of his own. Kulish won silver in the 10m air rifle at the Rio Olympics, and was hoping to better his record at the Tokyo Olympics.
However it was not meant to be for Kulish, as he said post match that his button came undone, which caused him to get distracted. He was running out of time, and had to shoot quickly, which resulted in this enormous error, as he unknowingly shot his opponent’s target and consequently placed last in the finals.
History with a Hole in One
Morocco’s Maha Haddioui created history as she was in the news recently for the one and only hole in one shot in women’s golf at the Tokyo Olympics. The hole in one was a great feat for Haddioui, and she was only the fourth golfer in history to produce such a result at the Olympics.
She clocked an impressive hole in one on the 7th hole which was 163 yards long. Although she did not end up in medal contention the shot was one of the most impressive of the tournament.