From The Long Slump To The Pole Fault: 12 Epic Sporting Fails

23/07/2014 10:54 | Updated 23 July 2014

You can't have success without also encountering failure - and that includes in the world of professional sport.

So to celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, UK Medals have compiled 12 of the most crash-bang-wallop sporting fails ever. Yes, here's what happens When Sport Goes Wrong...

  • 1 Long Slump
    When a female runner strayed into the path of an athlete mid-long jump, the collision left both stacked up like a game of human jenga. Awkward.
  • 2 A Pain In The Neck
    Defending weightlifting champ Matthias Steiner didn't have a very good Olympics at London 2012. Here the half-man, half-giant drops 432 pounds onto his powerful neck. Yowzer.
  • 3 Float Like a Butterfly, Dance Like... Something
    If only boxer Usman Ahmed had spent more time on his left hook and defence than his entrance dance, he might have stood a chance. Smooth moves, mind...
  • 4 Another One Bites The Dust
    If you're going to go to the trouble of psyching the crowd, make sure you don't then full-on faceplant the sand pit. Bad luck, Carlton Lavong.
  • 5 Stephen Feck Falls Without Style
    “That wasn't flying, that was falling with style!” says Toy Story's Woody. Unfortunately, diving is all about falling with style and poor old Stephen Feck just didn't quite manage it here.
  • 6 The Bulldozer
    Are you ready to meet the Best Hurdler Ever? No seriously, this guy is amazing. He takes down everything in his path and just keeps going. Awesome.
  • 7 Javelinjury
    The full-frontal faceplant has to be one of the ultimate athletics fails. This javelin thrower certainly hit the ground running...
  • 8 A Weight Off Her Shoulders
    Oh dear, Shemshat Tuliayeva. This weightlifting hopeful gave this lift her all but ended up flat on her back. What a way to go!
  • 9 Eric Moussambani Flounders
    Equatorial New Guinea isn't well known for its Olympic successes. In fact, they're sort of strapped for pro athletes. Despite cheers from a supportive crowd, Eric barely managed to stay afloat for two lengths.
  • 10 Welcome To The Hell-odrome
    This terrifying smash-up during the UCI World Cycling Championships resulted in one unfortunate competitor's bike snapping entirely in half. Scary stuff.
  • 11 Pole Fault
    Decathlon athlete Willem Coertzen experienced a total failure to launch in the 2009 IAAAF Championship when his shaft snapped into three pieces.
  • 12 When Gymnastics Goes Wrong
    It might involve sequins and high, high ponytail - but gymnastics is hardcore and super painful. Here's a compilation of London 2012's most painful gymnastic fails. Ouch!

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