Russian pole vaulter Dmitry Starodubtsev had a lucky escape when his pole snapped in mid-air at the World Championships in Daegu.

He was attempting a 5.75-metre vault when his equipment let him down. If you’ve always thought that the pole vault defied physics, this was the week physics fought back.

Starodubtsev escaped with a hand injury. If his momentum had not carried him safely to the mat the injuries he would have suffered do not bear thinking about.