The operator unwittingly became an obstacle at the World Championships in Athletics

The 15 athletes were forced to dodge the camera operator, who, with his back to the runners, seemed oblivious to the scenario unfolding behind him.

Video of the incident shows some of the runners yelling at the cameraman, who only realized what was happening after the pack passed him.

Nearly 100 visa issues for athletes and officials remain pending ahead of the US Athletics World Championships.

“I was a little worried that he was going to blast at the last second anyway, but luckily he didn’t realize we were there until we all passed him,” said US runner Evan Jaeger, who finished sixth. said after the race.

Soufian El Bakkali of Morocco took gold in the race, an event that requires 28 hurdles and seven water jumps over seven and a half laps.

“The track was very tactical, slow. We had very good runners like the defending champion [Conseslus] Kipruto,” El Bakkali, the 2020 Olympic champion, said after the race.

“I positioned myself well on the last lap. I am very strong in the 400m and it worked for me,” he added.

Lamecha Girma from Ethiopia took the silver, while the 2019 champion Kenyan Kipruto took the bronze.

The World Championships in Athletics, hosted by the United States for the first time, will end on July 24.