College pole vaulter’s gut-wrenching groin injury video goes viral

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PROVO — BYU pole vaulter Zach McWhorter is going viral on the social media platform TikTok, but for a painful price.

The 21-year-old student was practicing his pole vaulting skills when disaster struck.

At first, the video he posted to TikTok seems like it was a normal jump; however, when his pole didn’t fall the right way, it essentially impaled his scrotum.


That one time the pole went through my nuts… 18 stitches! #fail #polevault #athletics #trackandfield #ouch

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According to Fox Sports, the athlete’s dad rushed him to the hospital where he received 18 stitches. Luckily, McWhorter said he only has a scar from the viral incident.

So far, McWhorter’s TikTok video has over 18 million views, 3.6 million likes and over 38,000 comments.

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