Runner ‘sucker-punches rival in the head’ to knock him out of race

The incident began when the suspected attacker was on the track despite not participating in the race

Chaos erupted at a U.S. high school track race when a cyclist was struck by a rival on Saturday with a sucker on the ground.

A dispute is said to have arisen when the runner, who was leading the 1600m race, told another athlete – who was on the track despite not attending the event – to get out of the way .

Instead of stepping aside, the athlete deliberately tried to stop the runner on his next lap to obstruct the track, causing the runner to push him on it.

Footage shows the athlete then chasing him and hitting him in the head as revenge.

The runner fell into a heap on the ground when spectators at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida, could be called in shock.

One could hear more and more cries, ‘Are you kidding?’

After the victim came back to run, it finally started running again and finished the race in last place.

The event sees athletes from 27 schools across the state competing in various events.

Police were called about the incident, but it was not clear if any charges had been filed, according to TMZ.

The host school said the incident did not involve students from the surrounding province.

The incident caused uproar in the typically low-octane world of junior track racing, with one North American running magazine looking fit to quip: ‘Chris Rock was not the only victim of a stealth attack over the weekend.’

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Runner 'sucker-punches rival in the head' to knock him out of race

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