Aengus Meldon appeared headed for victory out of the final turn of the 800 meters at the Irish Universities Athletics Association championship. Unfortunately a nearby pole vaulter at that exact moment pulled down an elastic crossbar used for training. Here’s the video of what happened next.
The announcer labeled it a “Spiderman attack,” solidifying the indisputable truth that we should always watch Irish Universities Athletics Association events and enshrine their announcers in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
This video was so inspiring I went out and ran my fastest mile in almost three years. You’ll need to watch it twice, because the first time you won’t notice University College Cork runner Phil Healy until the very end. The second viewing will show you the remarkable gap she made up to win the Irish Universities Athletics Association Womens 4 x 400m Relay for UCC.
A screenshot shows Healy trailing by about 50 meters with 250 meters to go in the race. Healy’s at the far right.
The excitement of the announcers only adds to the experience, as they describe Healy coming back “from the depths of hell” to overtake the leaders. And yes, it’s a hashtag.