Belgium Olympian Thomas van der Plaetsen suffers serious fall in decathlon, leaves in wheelchair

Van der Plaetsen, 30, aborted his first attempt on the runway after appearing to injure his hamstring on the second event of the decathlon, Euro Sport reported. He attempted to walk it off, but on his second attempt he appeared to exhibit the injury. 

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The 2016 European champion ran down the runway but launched himself right into the sand after likely taking a bad step on the injured leg. 

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Van der Plaetsen stayed on the ground as he was seen by medical personnel and was eventually carted off in a wheelchair. 

Thomas Van Der Plaetsen, of Belgium is taken from the field following a fall in the long jump of the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Thomas Van Der Plaetsen, of Belgium is taken from the field following a fall in the long jump of the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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