Steeplechase Runner Feels the Pain After Falling Head-First in Water at World Athletics

Updated: 25 August 2015 12:44 IST

Panamanian runner Rolanda Bell misjudged her jump during the 3000m steeplechase world athletics event in Beijing.

Steeplechase Runner Feels the Pain After Falling Head-First in Water at World Athletics
Panama's Rolanda Bell falls into the water jump during the heats of the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. © AFP

Steeplechase running is as much about stamina as it is about perfect timing. Panamanian runner Rolanda Bell realised this the hard way after falling head-first into water during her 3000m event during World Athletics Championships in Beijing this week.

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A photo combo shows Bell falling into the water jump.

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Bell was guilty of misjudging her jump as she landed on her head in the water. The 27-year-old athlete however recovered from the painful tumble eventually and even showed her strength of character to finish the race (heats). There was no report of any injury either.

Bell recovers after her unfortunate fall.

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Bell however finished the heats last, putting her out of contention for the final which will take place on Wednesday.

Although her steeplechase campaign came to a hurtful end, Bell took to Twitter to thank her fans for the support. "Thank you to Panama for all the support for our team this year," she wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Steeplechase running is as much about stamina as it is about perfect timing. Panamanian runner Rolanda Bell realised this the hard way after falling head-first into water during her 3000m event during World Athletics Championships in Beijing this week.

Bell was guilty of misjudging her jump as she landed on her head in the water. The 27-year-old athlete however recovered from the painful tumble eventually and even showed her strength of character to finish the race (heats). There was no report of any injury either.

Bell however finished the heats last, putting her out of contention for the final which will take place on Wednesday.

Although her steeplechase campaign came to a hurtful end, Bell took to Twitter to thank her fans for the support. "Thank you to Panama for all the support for our team this year," she wrote on the micro-blogging site.

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