Watch: Robbie Grabarz benefits from bizarre officiating decision in high jump final

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has had more than its fair share of controversial officiating moments through the first 11 days of competition.

From the boxing arena and open water swimming to the velodrome, there have been several instances of strange or confusing decisions that have had an impact on the medals.

However, last night's high jump final, or, more specifically, one jump from Team GB's Robbie Grabarz, may have won the award for most bizarre officiating decision in the Games so far. (Scroll down to see the video of the freak incident in question).


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To set the scene, Grabarz was going for his first try at the 2.33m height in an attempt to keep himself in medal contention.

And things were going well when the 28-year-old cleared the bar and got to his feet to see the white flag raised by the official. Then this happened...

Watching the bar wobble and fall to the mat, Grabarz appeared to have been the latest to fall victim of celebrating too soon as the official quickly drops the white flag in favour of the dreaded red.


As you can see in the footage, the London 2012 Bronze medalist was quick to rush over to the high jump officials to clarify the situation as joy turned to confusion.

Things had a happy ending for Grabarz, though, as his persistence paid off and the referees somewhat bizarrely decided to reverse their decision for a second time and give the Team GB athlete the white flag despite the bar not staying in place.

Although the two-time Olympian was able to move on from the dramatic incident with an unblemished record at the 2.33m height, it wasn't to be a successful night for him in the end.

Grabarz ultimately ended the final in fourth position. His clearance at 2.33m proved to be his best of the competition and level with Bronze medalist Bohdan Bondarenko.

However, because of an earlier failure at 2.25m meant that he had one more failure on the night that the Ukrainian Bondarenko.

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