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Video: Florida track athlete sucker-punched from behind during race

Image Source: Twitter screenshot

Will Smith wasn't the only one who delivered a shocking blow in front of a live audience over the weekend.

A high school track meet in Florida suddenly turned violent as well, when a runner dashed up behind another runner mid-race and sucker-punched him in the side of the head.

What are the details?

The incident, which occurred at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida, Saturday, was caught on video and posted by the Twitter account Baseball Fight Club, TMZ Sports reported.

The video has since gone viral with more than 2 million views on just that account alone as of Thursday morning.

(Warning: Video contains graphic content and vulgar language that some viewers may find disturbing.)

According to TMZ, witnesses of the incident said the attacking runner (in the black uniform) wasn't involved in the race but apparently was on the track when the race began.

During his first lap, the leading runner (in the white and red uniform) yelled at him to get out of the way, but the athlete refused. The next time around the track, he purposelly stood in the way. That's when the runner in white and red shoved him, causing him to become enraged.

The runner in black allegedly chased down the leader of the race and punched him hard, causing him to fall to the ground. Based on the video, it is not clear whether the attacked runner was able to finish the race or whether he suffered significant injuries.

What else?

Canadian Running magazine reported the attack happened during a 1,600-meter race.

Further details about the incident remain scarce. TMZ Sports reportedly reached out to the district that hosted the event, but in response, the district said no Osceola County students were involved.

The outlet did claim, however, that law enforcement and the Florida High School Athletic Association were notified of the incident.

TheBlaze reached out to Kissimmee Police Department and the Florida High School Athletic Association for more information about the incident and will update this article if a response is given.

Anything else?

While the runner in black was not involved in the race, he was a fellow high school athlete who participated in other events at the meet. A close-up shot of his uniform seemed to indicate that he is a member of the Cypress Creek High School track team, OutKick reported.

According to race results, Cypress Creek High School did take part in the event.

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