Olympic Pole Vaulter Harry Coppell's Accident Reveals Danger Even After Safe Landing

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Good thing pole vaulters don’t need their teeth to compete because Harry Coppell just smashed a few at the Tokyo Olympics.

Coppell posted video on Instagram of the accident (click the right arrow for the second clip) ― in which he lands safely in the practice attempt but cannot stop the bar from crashing onto his mouth.

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“I hope @tokyo2020 has a good dentist around,” the British competitor wrote.

Coppell, the 22nd ranked pole vaulter in the world, eventually did see a dentist. The visit turned into an all-night ordeal and left him without a tooth and part of another one ― but with his sense of humor intact.

“I’m gonna tell people I was in a bar fight....” he wrote on his Story with a photo of the results.

(Photo: Instagram)
(Photo: Instagram)

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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