‘Hope Tokyo has a good dentist!’: GB pole vaulter Harry Coppell needs emergency dentistry after breaking two front teeth on a practice run for the Olympics
- Harry Coppell knocked his teeth out after a safe saw the bar fall in his face
- The 25-year-old was practicing in Team GB’s camp before the Games
- The British champion cleared the bar but then it fell on his face
- The vaulter, from Billinge, tried to catch it, but it slipped through his hands
- As a result, Coppell shattered a tooth and broke a second from the incident
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All Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Harry Coppell wants from the Games is a gold medal — and his two front teeth.
The British champion had to grind out his teeth after a practice jump saw the bar fall in his face.
The 25-year-old, who is one of the top contenders to win a medal in Tokyo, was looking for emergency dental work last night.
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Harry Coppell had his teeth knocked out after a practice jump saw the beam fall in his face
The painful incident was captured on video, which Harry himself later tweeted.
He wrote: ‘I did a good vault tonight at @teamgb’s save camp!
HOWEVER…The bar then fell on my face and broke all my teeth I hope @tokyo2020 has a good dentist nearby.”
He emptied the bar, but it then fell on his face and smashed his teeth (above)
He managed to dodge the bar successfully, but after landing on the soft safety interrupter, the bar followed.
The vaulter, from Billinge, Merseyside, tried to catch it but it slipped through his hands as he lay flat, crushing one tooth and breaking off a second.
He is the current British Pole Vault Champion, winning the title in 2019 and 2020 and going for gold in Tokyo.