Being dumped out of the Olympics is depressing enough, but when you find yourself the butt of the world’s jokes after seemingly exiting the Games as a direct result of your dick, it can prove a bitter pill to swallow.
However, Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita is seemingly starting to see the funny side of the situation, having become an overnight social media sensation after exiting the event in hilarious circumstances.
Having failed to clear a height of 5.3 metres in the first round of the competition, video replays appeared to show that Hiroki’s hopes had been crushed as result of his junk knocking the bar out of position.
Not that Ogita or his coach David Yeo were having any of it, at first.
Speaking to The Sun, Yeo claimed that, rather than his penis, it was a “crumpling of the fabic” in “the wrong position” that prevented the athlete from progressing.
Loaded remains unconvinced.
Ogita, meanwhile, took to Twitter to hit out at the media for their reporting of what was, most likely, one of the most painful moments of his career to date – in more ways than one.
“I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this,” the 28-year-old said.
“It’s one thing if it was true, but I have to say I’m pretty devastated that they’d go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much.”
But despite his initial protestations, it would appear that Hiroki has since come round to the idea and embraced his new persona as the penis pole vaulter.
“To be honest, it’s pretty rough, but I guess I’m in the spotlight so this might be some kind of opportunity,” he wrote on social media.
Keen to highlight the sport of pole vaulting, the comments suggest Ogita could even be open to exploiting his new-found fame through advertising contracts and any other opportunities that could, in turn, arise, so to speak.
Just don’t expect him to appear on Celebrity Big Brother any time soon.
He’s far too famous for that.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.