Video: Rolanda Bell falls head first into the water in the 3000m steeplechase
The 2015 World Championships was witness to an embarrassing moment on Monday when Rolanda Bell fell head first into the water jump while taking part in the 3000m steeplechase event, the Daily Mail reports.
The 27-year-old accidently fell face first into the water after misjudging a jump but picked herself up to complete the heat, 20 seconds behind Katerina Doseykina in last place. Expectedly, she failed to make the cut into the final, but fortunately for her, the incident left her unhurt.
Bell is currently ranked 104th in the world. The 3000 m steeplechase event has 28 barriers and 7 water jumps, and the course is never a perfect 400m lap since the water jump is never on the track oval.
The starting line though moves from the normal starting areas so as to compensate for different lengths of the lap. When the water stretch is on the back side inside, the start line is on the back stretch and when the water stretch is on the front side, it is on the home stretch.
Tunisia’s Habibi Ghribi won the heat with a timing of 9:24.38, Gesa Felicitas Krause of Germany finished in second place with a timing of 9:24.92 while Hiwot Awalew of Ethiopia finished third with a timing of 9:25.55.
Bell later tweeted about the incident:
Here’s a video of the fall: