Hook, line and sinker

Latsepov had to be satisfied with third place Credit: Helsinki City Running Day

An Estonian runner Leonid Latsepov finished in third place in the Helsinki City Running Day half marathon on Saturday 11 but he was unintentionally nobbled!

He was beaten into third place by just 18 seconds and he believes that had it not been for an incredible piece of bad luck, his time would have been much faster.

As he was running over Helsinki’s Lauttasaari Bridge, a fisherman, who actually shouldn’t have been there, started to cast and a gust of wind  blew the fishing line with its hooks straight into the runner’s kit and leg.

Speaking to YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, the runner explained “I didn’t feel any pain immediately. I tried to remove the hooks, but was unable to do so. It ruined my run though, my whole race time could have been a minute faster. Herring fishing is also popular in Estonia, but I never thought this would happen to me.”

At the end of the race he visited the First Aid Station there and they managed to remove no less than four large hooks, some of which were embedded in his lower leg.

The organisers of the race confirmed that there should have been no fishermen on the bridge and that they and the police had removed a number before the race started but it is assumed that one sneaked back when he saw that the coast was clear.

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John Smith

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