Absolute insanity': Olympics cops backlash after athletics 'injustice'

Tokyo officials have copped backlash after the athletics events were held during torrential rain at the Olympics Stadium.

Remarkable images from Tokyo beamed around the world on Monday night after a number of athletic events, including the women's hurdles, pole vault and discus were held in an absolute downpour.

The first event delayed due to the torrential downpour was the women's discus.

Unfortunately, a number of athletes were affected by the rain before the discus was postponed.

Portuguese athlete Liliana Cรก was just one athlete to slip during her attempt.

Eventual gold medal winner, US athlete Valarie Allman, was seen with a number of competitors sitting under under cover as rain pelted down.

Fans called for officials to step in after feeling for the athletes in the wet.

The discus throwers had worked for five years to reach the Olympics only to encounter another hurdle at the final.

๐Ÿ˜ #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/uowwto3tYH

— Aathmika (@im_aathmika) August 2, 2021

Four (here five) years of hard work and then this. Can't they wait for some time for rain to relent? Discus throw event stopped, but hurdle race still going on. #TokyoOlympics2020 #Athletics #Tokyo2020 #OlympicGames

— Ajinkya Dhamdhere (@ajinkyasd) August 2, 2021

An olympic final in a heavy rain that too when discus throw is the game. What sort of chance you are giving to players around the world who have been practicing since last 5 years. #KamalpreetKaur #DiscusThrow

— Sagar Chaujar (@sagarchaujar7) August 2, 2021

Surely they have to stop this discus throw event with all the rain. Athletes train for years to come here and it is unfair to get them to throw in these conditions

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 2, 2021

While the discus event was delayed, as officials worked to dry the technical area, the 400m hurdles went ahead.

Wild photos of athletes running and jumping in the downpour made their way around the world.

Denmark's Sara Slott Petersen clipped a hurdle before stumbling and falling in the rain.

Fans call for Olympics delay during torrential rain

The image of her in despair, lying on the track in the pouring rain, prompted many to call out Olympic officials for not halting the competition in the 'dangerous' conditions.

Controversy! It’s pouring down rain, everyone’s slipping and they continue to carry on with shot put, discus & javelin throws. Not to mention races too are going on at the side. Absolute insanity! #Athletics #Olympics pic.twitter.com/nlaaZilKxE

— ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hฮฑะฒรญะฒtรญ 2.0 ๐Ÿด๓ง๓ข๓ฅ๓ฎ๓ง๓ฟ (@YasQueen_17) August 2, 2021

I really don't know how the IOC can allow these women to hurdle in torrential rain.
Especially as those on the inside of the track are running through puddles, the outside lanes are more dry

Completely unfair - #Olympics #Athletics

— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) August 2, 2021

Imagine running in the Olympics. Now imagine running in the pouring rain. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/1nVG4BeLqx

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) August 2, 2021

They do hurdles in the rain?! Seems excessively dangerous lol https://t.co/IAkzmpjbRm

— Milo Thatch (@CrackSandwich58) August 2, 2021

How can ypu let athletes run while its raining... That too hurdles... Dammit!! If they get injured then what!!!#Olympics

— ๐“…๐’ถ๐“‹๐’พ III ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŽ€ (@pviiii7) August 2, 2021

How on earth can you continue with the #Athletics events in the open air stadium while it is raining so heavily.

This is injustice to the athletes who prepared for years & years into the #Olympics https://t.co/BW7dnrrlZZ

— Aey Jee (@AeyJeeTweets) August 2, 2021

So many beautiful moments in these #olympics An athlete from Denmark in the 400m hurdles knocked the hurdle, slipped in the rain & finished last, but at the end of the race she went up to the Ukrainian who finished third to reassure her that she would make it to the final ๐Ÿฅฐ

— D (@daniecetracey) August 2, 2021

Heavy rain now in Olympic Stadium. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/4jSBdrvE4A

— kostas.Vernikos (@KVernikos) August 2, 2021

Imagine running in the Olympics. Now imagine running in the pouring rain. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/1nVG4BeLqx

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) August 2, 2021

It was crazy surreal to see athletes running in the pouring rain #Athletics #running #hurdles #Tokyo2020 #Olympics https://t.co/nOIGp6L6Od

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