A Jamaican athlete somehow completed a race with glass in one of his eyes after being involved in a cart collision at the world championships in Hungary this week.
Andrew Hudson, who was racing his first championship on Thursday, was a victim of a gaffe that resulted in shards of glass going into his right eye right before his 200-meter sprint.
He went through the affair, finishing fifth with a time of 20.38 seconds.
“I did the best I could do,” Hudson said. “I was sitting in the middle of the room for like 20 minutes, trying to have a decision if I was going to compete or not. I worked hard to be here. And even under circumstances, everybody has hurdles in life. If I can run I’m going to try my best. So I tried.”
Track officials showed consideration and advanced him into the final on Friday. So the race will host nine sprinters instead of eight.
You can see footage of the collision right below:
Noah Lyles, who is favored to win the final, was also on the cart.
The American won the semi with a time of 19.76 seconds and is set to defend his 200-meter title after winning the 100 earlier this week.
“Survived a crash and still got the fastest time going into the final,” he posted on X. “Thank you God for watching over me.”
According to World Athletics, Hudson was examined by doctors and cleared to participate in the race. A spokesman has said that Budapest’s local organizing committee is “investigating the incident and reviewing the transport procedures.”
“It was scary,” the Jamaican added. “It’s my eyesight. That’s more important. I’m not going to run track forever, but it just happens.”
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