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Athlete's pole snaps during vault
20:00 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012

An athlete's pole snapped in spectacular fashion during the heats of the pole vault.

Cuban Lazaro Borges was lucky to escape injury last night after his pole exploded into splinters on his first jump last night.

The 26-year-old was sent flying backwards amid audible gasps from the crowd in the stadium.

Fortunately he landed safely on the mat and even appeared somewhat bemused by the incident.

Australian Steve Hooker, who won gold in the event at Beijing, began his defence yesterday in London easily clearing a height of 5.50m.

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