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Bawling, back-flopping bad day in London

The Local · 7 Aug 2012, 15:36

Published: 07 Aug 2012 15:36 GMT+02:00

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Twenty-two-year-old diver Stephan Feck was onto his second jump from the three metre board when, misjudging his three and a half somersault jump, he ended up hitting the water horizontally – to the sound of collective groans from a wincing audience.

The Leipzig-born diver managed one more jump after that but was then advised to quit for health reasons as he was trembling and nauseous, Die Welt said on Tuesday.

While he was not seriously injured, the dive did not win any points, which he said was more painful than the back-flop. “The back comes second,” he said following his exit from the competition.

Away from the pool, German pole vaulter Silke Spiegelburg treated the crowd to a tantrum after she finished in fourth place, Süddeutsche Zeitung said on Tuesday.

The athlete, who had gained fourth place in both the world championships and the European championships had clearly had enough of missing out on the podium.

Crying, she ran across the track during the women's 3,000 metre race and appeared to have a heated discussion with her trainer.

Still weeping inconsolably, she then ran back across the track – the race still under way – ripped her number off, threw her hands in the air while interrupting her sobs with the occasional, distraught howl.

Then in front of television cameras, Spiegelburg stood crying unable to gather her words. A sympathetic reporter stroked her on the arm and gave her a tissue.

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“I'm always in fourth place,” she said eventually. “I do not know what to say anymore.”

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Your comments about this article

17:11 August 7, 2012 by insight101
...and this despite the fact that they get so much more practice wearing speedos than the rest of us...oh well, if only they would give medals for fashion sense and temper tantrums.
18:06 August 7, 2012 by Jerr-Berlin
What about those 15 gold medals that the "German" scientists predicted for the

18:49 August 7, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Karma is a bitch. Nadja Drygalla has a posse.
22:24 August 7, 2012 by wood artist
We often see the Olympians in tears. Sometimes tears of joy. Sometimes tears of sorrow. We can identify with all of them. Training your whole life and getting injured or falling just short of the goal is heartbreaking.

Unfortunately, these are people just like the rest of us, and we don't really allow them the luxury of being human. We've all "failed" at some point, and we have more freedom because we didn't do it on the world stage, with every move saved on film or tape (or pixels now).

These athletes do make mistakes, and divers can have spectacular falls. Years ago Greg Louganius hit his head on the platform. Sounds stupid for a Gold Medal winner, but he did it.

Silke Spiegelburg has undoubtedly worked hard to get to this point, and we can all share her frustration. A public meltdown is probably not a good thing, but...let's think about how we might react. At some point we need to allow these folks to be humans too.

11:21 August 8, 2012 by raandy
No one can say for sure how they would act under the same circumstances as Silke, but from years of watching the Olympics, and seeing only one other tantrum in front of millions the odds are that my reaction would not be the same as hers.
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