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Track & Field Suspended After Athletes Unable To Perform Basic Tasks In Downpour [Update]

Olympics organizers suspended tonight’s track & field events while a downpour assaulted Rio, though not before forcing some athletes to compete in the rainstorm.

A 110m heat featured hurdlers tromping through a flooded track, though the most ridiculous event was discus—which forced several competitors to take attempts despite it being impossible to even grip the implement.

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The delay for track events lasted about 20 minutes; discus has yet to resume.

Update (8:32 p.m.): Organizers are offering an unprecedented repechage for the two 110m hurdle heats that were run during the downpour; the bottom four finishers from each heat will compete again after tonight’s competition is over for a chance to turn in a better time.

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