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Five of the most insane sporting fails

Berlino failed epically in the World Championships. (©GettyImages)
Berlino failed epically in the World Championships. (©GettyImages).

Sporting schadenfruede - how we all love it so.

The world of sport provides pleasure in a variety of ways but, sometimes, there is nothing quite as satisfying as laughing at the humiliating, and often painful, misfortune of others.

With this in mind, GMS has been inspired to pick five of our favourite examples of sport going wrong. Take a look at these epic fails, and add the ones that tickle you the most into the comments box below...

Too much Berliner for Berlino

Berlino established himself as one of the most adored mascots in athletics history with his quirky antics during the 2009 World Championships staged in Berlin.

He was a right joker, was Berlino - providing numerous entertaining moments for those in the stadium and watching on TV. His funniest jape, however, just so happened to be an inadvertent one.

After Melanie Walker had won the 400m hurdles, she was afforded the chance to hitch a ride on the back of the affable Berlino. The bear, though, appeared to be some what short-sighted, as he careered into a parked truck while given Walker a piggyback, sending both to the floor.

The Chuckle Brothers reborn

Football players have a reputation for going to ground easily, perhaps because they are wimps, but more often then not it is in an attempt to encourage the referee to sanction an opponent.

Diving and the feigning of injury is irritatingly prevalent in today's game, and there is no greater example of such antics than in this clip.

A opposition player and manager go head-to-head as they contest a decision and, after minimal contact, both go sprawling to the turf holding their supposedly bumped noggins.

He's up…but not for long

What do you get if you combine a rather rotund gentleman, a trampoline and a slam dunk challenge? The answer, of course, is this hilarious video.

The chap in question was tasked with performing a flying dunk on court at the Atlanta Hawks and, given his sizeable frame, it was never exactly going to be a straightforward proposition.

Lumbering up to the trampoline, our hero slams into the bouncy surface but for his dive to end miserably, with a face full of mat his prize, rather than an epic dunk.

Crash, bang, wallop…what a video

The machines are taking over: it's official. Well, that's if the evidence of this clip is anything base our hasty assumptions on.

Quite how this golf cart at a high school football match in Texas managed to drive itself onto the pitch remains unclear, but what is evident is the trail of destruction the vehicle leaves in its path.

Spare a thought for the poor chap who is engaged in conversation before, in a split second, finding himself at the wheel of the runaway buggy. Not willing to be the hero, however, said man sensibly performs a movie-style bail from the vehicle, allowing someone else to be the hero.

Jumping hurdles is for wimps

Picture the scene: you've been given your big chance at the Chinese sporting championships. The Olympics in London are less than two years away - this is your opportunity to stake your claim for a place on the global stage.

You're in the final of the hurdles. You know what to do - you've hopped over those little buggers thousands of times in practice, and a million times in your head. This is your moment - you are going to do this.

Or, perhaps not…

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