3月初舉行的美國奧運馬拉松選拔賽 (U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials) 再有新聞流出,美國版《Runner’s World》報道,至少有6位參加者在比賽中途發生意外,有人更倒地受傷,傷痕累累。

32歲Kaitlin Goodman

起步1公里左右,Kaitlin拗柴倒地,佢嘗試多次站起都被人撞倒,甚至有人踩過她。她短暫失去知覺後再度爬起,然後忍痛追上其他跑手。直到10英里 (16公里) 位置劇痛難頂,恐怕筋骨上受損,唯有退賽登上救援車。

Kaitlin眼睛受傷,猶如中了一拳。

34歲Ryan Vail

24公里左右,Ryan 踏中地面水渠蓋而跌倒,跑鞋破損,腳指受傷。他雖沒有退賽,但多年訓練付諸東流。 (下面是 Ryan 的教練發佈的圖片)

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I do not want to post this but it is the reality of today’s Olympic Trials for @ryan.p.vail Every specific workout was getting better each week and the plan was to hang in the back of the lead pack until mile 18. I have only been coaching him for 14 months but we assumed 2:10 shape, regardless of where that would sort out place wise we expected a strong run with him being in the hunt. Vail was with the lead pack and between mile 14 and 15 and stepped in a pothole and went down. He is going to get imaging done back home tomorrow morning in Portland and hopefully it’s not a fracture or ligament rupture. I hate that this race is only once every 4 years. I feel sick thinking about it and a good man that deserved a proper go today ended up on the streets getting helped off by medical. The one upside is he is as tough as they come and will aim to get a fast marathon in later this year. —————————————— @brooksbeaststc @brooksrunning #olympicmarathontrials2020

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32歲Tyler Pennel

約7公里,Tyler 被踩中,跑鞋後踭飛脫,他亦跌倒在行人道,手腳摖損,手套亦爛掉了。

24歲Reed Fischer

受 Tyler Pennel 意外影響,Reed 亦跌在地上。他的額頭撞傷,賽後需要縫針。而他亦證實,這個意外令多位前列選手 (包括 Andrew Epperson 及 Haron Lagat) 受影響,需要減慢速度。

此外,Reed在重新起步後,又再次跌倒。這次他的意外被人拍到了:

都是跑鞋惹的禍?

當地運動專家認為,這場阿賽事有如此多意外可能有三個原因:

  1. 阿特蘭大的馬路有太多坑洞,成為選手陷阱,一時大意就會發生意外
  2. 這場比賽雖然只有六百多人參加,但高手林立,更是奧運選拔賽,所以參加者各不相讓,碰撞在所難免
  3. 新設計的「快速跑鞋」將跑者的重心向前推,跑手遇到突發意外,更難站穩腳步

資料: Runner’s World

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