Clueless cameraman causes chaos at World Athletics Championships as he wanders into the middle of the track to take a shot DURING men’s 3,000m steeplechase… with field of athletes having to react quickly to avoid him
- The World Athletics Championships are taking place in Eugene, USA, this week
- The men’s 3,000m steeplechase was disrupted by a rogue cameraman
- The broadcast worker mindlessly stepped onto the track during the race itself
A cameraman was moments away from causing disaster at the World Championships on Tuesday after mindlessly wandering into the middle of the track.
The individual was capturing footage when he decided to step out into lane two, right in front of competitors from the men’s 3,000m steeplechase in Eugene.
Some of the pack could be seen shouting at the operator, who appeared oblivious to the group of athletes behind him as he stood motionless in front of them.
A cameraman caused chaos during the 3,000m steeplechase at the World Championships
It turned out that the cameraman was attempting to film the nearby women’s triple-jump final, but was not made aware of the race around him by his broadcasting team.
Speaking after the race, US runner Evan Jager, who moved on to the cameraman’s right shoulder to avoid him, said: ‘I was a little worried that he was going to dart one way or another, right at the last second, but thankfully he didn’t realize we were there until we all passed him.’
The broadcast worker stepped into the middle of the track, in front of the athletes
The runners were forced to avoid the man in the blue bib, as he stood oblivious to the danger
The event was won by Morrocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, whose time of 8min 25.13secs saw him finish ahead of Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma in second and Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya in third.
It is not the first cameraman mishap to occur at a World Championships, with Usain Bolt famously being floored by a segway in 2015.
CCTV employee Song Tao accidentally took out the world’s fastest man on his victory lap after his 200m success in Beijing in 2015, after he lost control of his segway having clipped a barrier.
The most famous cameraman mishap saw Usain Bolt wiped out by a segway in 2015