Team GB athlete Harry Coppell knocks out teeth in training session ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games
British pole vault champion Harry Coppell was practicing his technique ahead of the Games but the session came to an abrupt and painful end when the bar knocked two of his teeth out. But the 25-year-old saw the funny side of the accident and posted a picture of the damage on social media.
Team GB pole vaulter Harry Coppell will be chasing a medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games but he was left urgently looking for a dentist in the Japanese capital after a practice session went wrong.
British champion Coppell will be competing against world record holder Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis for gold and he was fine-tuning his technique at Team GB's training camp on Wednesday, only for a routine session to prove particularly painful for the 25-year-old, who was left with parts missing from his front two teeth.
Coppell cleared the bar in the practice run but then knocked it over with his chest and as he landed on the soft safety breaker, the bar came crashing down towards him.