Rio 2016

Pole Vaulter's Dick Ends His Quest for Olympic Gold

Considering events like last-second dives over the finish line and sex scandals in the Olympic Village, it's clear that more than a few athletes in Rio have seen their chances for earning a medal change on a dime. But for a Japanese pole vaulter, it looks like the Olympic dream ended with a particularly embarrassing blunder involving his penis. Really.

As you can see in the video above, Hiroki Ogita may have given a whole new meaning to the words "pole vaulting," when his package had a very visible -- and disastrous -- brush with the pole during a qualifying round on Saturday. While he doesn't appear to have been injured, the manhood mishap resulted in Ogita taking 21st place in the competition and failing to qualify for the final event on Monday. The look on his face after making contact with the pole says it all.

It's worth noting, though, that the pole-on-pole collision came after Ogita's legs had already grazed the bar, completely botching the jump. Worse yet, his left hand appears to have knocked the bar to the ground. But, ultimately, his penis' unfortunate role in the event is what everyone will remember. 

Hopefully he chooses more restrictive shorts at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Or perhaps a protective cup. 

h/t Mashable

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and hopes this guy comes back in 2020 and wins gold. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.