Nearly deleted photo helps shot putter secure gold

Reuters photographer Kai Pfaffenbach found himself unexpectedly on the other side of the lens at the IAAF World Championship Men’s Shot Put Finals. His photo of Germany’s David Storl was used as evidence in a decision that overturned a ‘foul’ call and awarded the athlete a gold medal. When it was called into question whether Storl stepped outside of the ring in his attempt, Pfaffenbach discovered that his image from a remote remote camera clearly revealed Storl’s attempt to be fair. The attempt was ruled valid, Storl was awarded the gold medal and Pfaffenbach received a great deal of thanks from the shot putter.

Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

Pfaffenbach’s camera was in the right place at the right time, but only because he’d been trying to get a particular shot of the action. He was on the verge of deleting his photo when he noticed that Storl’s throw was in question and came to his aid. In other professional sports, cameras have been installed to provide final ruling on questionable plays. England’s 20 Premier League football stadiums have all been equipped with goal-line technology, and though the season just started last weekend they’ve already been put to use. While American football has yet to adopt anything quite like that, network TV coverage this year will take advantage of endzone multi-camera rigs just for fun

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Andy Crowe

I’m surprised they don’t use video to settle questions of foul throws.


Wasn’t there an episode of The Brady Bunch with the same story? With Greg photographing the receiver catching the football in bounds?


I don’t know much about the rules of the sport. What does “attempt to be fair” mean? Can a shot-putter go over the line but not be disqualified if he can somehow prove that he was trying not to commit a foul? I’m not certain how this photograph proves the “attempt to be fair.” Would someone with knowledge of the sports explain it to me, please?

jess shudup

Attempt , in this instance, refers to the throw itself. Hence the photo helped show the attempt to be fair. Not an atttempt to be fair…
Probably would be clearer if written “helped show that the throw was fair”.


I think I saw this on an episode of The Brady Bunch when I was a kid…

Johannes Zander

Taken “from a remote remote camera”.
Probably controled by NSA 😉


this is what they’ve been fighting for all along. to bring fairness and justice to the world. we have misunderstood their goals.


Unfortuinately, Mr. Zander will now have to flee to Russia for revealing this to us….

What a terrible shame…

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