For someone who had already won first place, Renaud Lavillenie ended his day at the European Indoor Championships on an especially sour note.
The Frenchman, who won gold in the pole vault at the London Olympics, recently recorded the highest jump at the European Indoor Championships. But that wasn't good enough for Lavillenie.
The 26-year-old wanted a shot at Sergey Bubka's world record of 6.14 meters. And if not that, he wanted to try to vault 6.07 meters, which would give him the second best time in history.
Lavillenie appeared to clear 6.07, but upon review it turned out the bar bounced of its original position, and thus the leap did not count.
It was quite the turn of events for Lavillenie, who was at first pumping his fists in celebration. When he saw that the jump would not count, he kicked one of the billboards near the track and fell to the ground, crying.
Lavillenie had some strong words for track and field officials after the competition.
"This should have been an extraordinary day but I am left with an incomplete feeling," Lavillenie said. "I know that I made it, I have seen the videos which show it. I am the second best performer of all time. These are stupid rules. I am not mincing my words, everyone knows it."