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The Most Impressive Falls of Athletes at Tokyo Olympics

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Sweat, pain and blood - these are probably the pillars of big sports. One can hardly avoid injuries and stress when choosing a sports career and working hard to perform at the Olympic Games.
As this year's long-awaited Olympics is gradually coming to an end, photojournalists and cameramen try not to miss a single chance to capture the most outstanding and picturesque moments of the competitions. 
When emotions run high and athletes are eager to achieve the best possible results, falling while performing their routine may be especially stressful. 
Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the most impressive and even breathtaking falls of the Games' participants. 
© REUTERS / Dylan MartinezKeturah Orji of the United States in action. Women's Triple Jump - Qualification
Keturah Orji of the United States in action. Women's Triple Jump - Qualification - Sputnik International
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Keturah Orji of the United States in action. Women's Triple Jump - Qualification
© AFP 2021 / Greg BakerThe Netherlands' Mathieu Van Der Poel crashes during the cycling mountain bike men's cross-country event at the Izu MTB Course in Izu on July 26, 2021.
The Netherlands' Mathieu Van Der Poel crashes during the cycling mountain bike men's cross-country event at the Izu MTB Course in Izu on July 26, 2021.  - Sputnik International
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The Netherlands' Mathieu Van Der Poel crashes during the cycling mountain bike men's cross-country event at the Izu MTB Course in Izu on July 26, 2021.
© REUTERS / Gonzalo FuentesKristian Skinstad Saeveraas of Norway in action as an Argentinean player falls to the floor. Handball - Men - Group A, Yoyogi National Stadium
Kristian Skinstad Saeveraas of Norway in action as an Argentinean player falls to the floor. Handball - Men - Group A, Yoyogi National Stadium - Sputnik International
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Kristian Skinstad Saeveraas of Norway in action as an Argentinean player falls to the floor. Handball - Men - Group A, Yoyogi National Stadium
© AFP 2021 / Kazuhiro Fujihara Japan's third baseman Yu Yamamoto (R top) falls into the photographer's area as she chases a fly ball during the sixth inning of the opening round game between Japan and the US.
Japan's third baseman Yu Yamamoto (R top) falls into the photographer's area as she chases a fly ball during the sixth inning of the opening round game between Japan and the US. - Sputnik International
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Japan's third baseman Yu Yamamoto (R top) falls into the photographer's area as she chases a fly ball during the sixth inning of the opening round game between Japan and the US.
© AFP 2021 / Daniel Leal-OlivasDutch goalkeeper Tess Wester (L) stops a ball past Norway's leftwing Camilla Herrem while falling during the women's preliminary round group A handball match between Norway and The Netherlands of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021.
Dutch goalkeeper Tess Wester (L) stops a ball past Norway's leftwing Camilla Herrem while falling during the women's preliminary round group A handball match between Norway and The Netherlands of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Dutch goalkeeper Tess Wester (L) stops a ball past Norway's leftwing Camilla Herrem while falling during the women's preliminary round group A handball match between Norway and The Netherlands of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankCyclists from Denmark and Great Britain during their teams' competition.
Cyclists from Denmark and Great Britain during their teams' competition. - Sputnik International
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Cyclists from Denmark and Great Britain during their teams' competition.
© AFP 2021 / Mohd RasfanItaly's Enrico Garozzo (L) reacts as Japan's Koki Kano falls down during a men's epee individual qualifying bout.
Italy's Enrico Garozzo (L) reacts as Japan's Koki Kano falls down during a men's epee individual qualifying bout.  - Sputnik International
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Italy's Enrico Garozzo (L) reacts as Japan's Koki Kano falls down during a men's epee individual qualifying bout.
© REUTERS / Lucy NicholsonLucia Rodriguez of Spain reacts after competing in Women's 5000m athletics Round 1.
Lucia Rodriguez of Spain reacts after competing in Women's 5000m athletics Round 1.  - Sputnik International
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Lucia Rodriguez of Spain reacts after competing in Women's 5000m athletics Round 1.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankBasketball player Jacqueline Yang of the US falls during the final match against Russia.
Basketball player Jacqueline Yang of the US falls during the final match against Russia. - Sputnik International
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Basketball player Jacqueline Yang of the US falls during the final match against Russia.
© AFP 2021 / Greg BakerFiji's Ana Maria Naimasi (L) is tackled by Australia's Evania Pelite (bottom) and Charlotte Caslick (top) in the women's quarter-final rugby sevens match between Fiji and Australia.
Fiji's Ana Maria Naimasi (L) is tackled by Australia's Evania Pelite (bottom) and Charlotte Caslick (top) in the women's quarter-final rugby sevens match between Fiji and Australia. - Sputnik International
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Fiji's Ana Maria Naimasi (L) is tackled by Australia's Evania Pelite (bottom) and Charlotte Caslick (top) in the women's quarter-final rugby sevens match between Fiji and Australia.
© AFP 2021 / Angela WeissGermany's Laura Ludwig falls on the sand while reaching for a shot in the women's preliminary beach volleyball pool F match between Switzerland and Germany.
Germany's Laura Ludwig falls on the sand while reaching for a shot in the women's preliminary beach volleyball pool F match between Switzerland and Germany. - Sputnik International
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Germany's Laura Ludwig falls on the sand while reaching for a shot in the women's preliminary beach volleyball pool F match between Switzerland and Germany.
© REUTERS / Lisi Niesner Gabriel Medina of Brazil in action as he falls into the sea with his surfboard seen above him.
Gabriel Medina of Brazil in action as he falls into the sea with his surfboard seen above him. - Sputnik International
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Gabriel Medina of Brazil in action as he falls into the sea with his surfboard seen above him.
© REUTERS / Brian Snyder Nathan Sobey of Australia falls close to Obi Emegano of Nigeria during a men's Group B basketball match.
Nathan Sobey of Australia falls close to Obi Emegano of Nigeria during a men's Group B basketball match. - Sputnik International
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Nathan Sobey of Australia falls close to Obi Emegano of Nigeria during a men's Group B basketball match.
© REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji Hiroki Sakai of Japan and Javier Puado of Spain during the men's football semifinal.
Hiroki Sakai of Japan and Javier Puado of Spain during the men's football semifinal. - Sputnik International
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Hiroki Sakai of Japan and Javier Puado of Spain during the men's football semifinal.
© REUTERS / Dylan Martinez Tara Davis of the United States in action. Athletics - Women's Long Jump - Final
Tara Davis of the United States in action.  Athletics - Women's Long Jump - Final  - Sputnik International
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Tara Davis of the United States in action. Athletics - Women's Long Jump - Final
© AFP 2021 / Yuki IwamuraThailand's Arinadtha Chavatanont and Boleybawn Prince fall during the equestrian's eventing team and individual cross country.
Thailand's Arinadtha Chavatanont and Boleybawn Prince fall during the equestrian's eventing team and individual cross country. - Sputnik International
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Thailand's Arinadtha Chavatanont and Boleybawn Prince fall during the equestrian's eventing team and individual cross country.
© AFP 2021 / Martin BernettiMexico's forward Uriel Antuna reacts in pain after a collision during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil.
Mexico's forward Uriel Antuna reacts in pain after a collision during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil. - Sputnik International
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Mexico's forward Uriel Antuna reacts in pain after a collision during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil.
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