Source: Dan Lyman
A high school runner was savagely attacked in the middle of a race in Florida last week, according to reports.
The shocking incident unfolded on Saturday at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, FL.
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The teen victim was leading the pack during a 1,600-meter event when he was suddenly punched in the face by an assailant who ran onto the track.
The assault was captured on camera by a witness and footage was shared on social media.
The assailant, who appears to be wearing a black athletic uniform, can be seen sprinting up to the victim on a straightaway and viciously striking him in the head.
The victim falls to the ground in apparent pain as other competitors run past and spectators express shock.
Reports indicate the assailant had gotten in the way of racers in the moments leading up to the attack and had initiated a conflict.
“Witnesses say the runner in first place yelled at the athlete in black to move … but when the next lap came around, the guy appeared to purposely get in the way of the runner by standing on the track,” TMZ reports.
“According to witnesses, the runner in first then pushed the athlete in black to get him out of the way.”
Police and athletic authorities were reportedly notified about the incident but it is unclear if legal action has been pursued at this time.