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A high school runner was sucker-punched by an another competitor who ran into his lane during the race at a Florida track meet.
Just as the pack was coming down the straight portion of the track in the 1,600-meter race, the attacker made a beeline for the runner from the infield at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee on Saturday.
The teen, who was dressed in black running shorts and black T-shirt, appeared to come out of nowhere and caught the runner dressed in white-and-red by surprise.
The stunned runner fell to the ground after leading the race.
A high school runner was punched in the head during his 1,600m race
The runner in black chased down the lead runner in read and white and sucker punched him
Before the start of the race, the teen in black who ran onto the tack had been told by the punched runner to move out of the way, according to TMZ.
The teen did not move and on the following lap, which was not caught on video, the runner reportedly pushed the teen in black out of the way, knocking him over after he deliberately got in the way.
It was during the subsequent lap, that the teen in black ran onto the track and punched the other teen – who was leading the race – in the head.
The punch threw the runner off balance and saw him floored in a heap at the side of the track as other runners ran around him to finish the race.
The runner who was hit eventually got up and crossed the finish line.
In the stands, spectators supporting the athletes from 27 schools competing in the invitational were stunned by what they had just witnessed.
Police were called although it is not known if charges were filed.
The athlete who threw the punch had earlier got in the way of the lead runner and was told to move out of the way, but instead he decided to exact revenge
After still obscuring the track, the runner pushed him out of the way. On the subsequent lap, the black athlete sucker punched the runner the face, knocking him over
The runner was left in a heap on the ground at the side of the track although he did manage to complete the race
The incident happened on Saturday at Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida