Sports photographers routinely face occupational hazards. There are stories of professional sports photographers getting bumped, knocked down, and bruised. They consider themselves sort of ball magnets and getting hit as something that is part of the job. Take this unfortunate photographer, for example:
At the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Oregon, American pentathlete Kendell Williams threw her shot put a bit too far to the left and hit a photographer covering the event.
The impact appeared to be right smack on his knee. He almost rolled over, sat there for a few moments, as if unable to believe that he survived the impact, then stood up staggeringly to the applause of the concerned audience.
This was a freak accident, as the photographer was way out of the firing zone. He did seem fine at the end of it all. Though, heaven knows how painful that must have been. I guess this sort of thing just comes with the territory!
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