IN a split second of Sunday's open skateboard consolation final at the Tame the Taipan event, Mitch Thompson went from leader to heavily crashing out into the hay bales and dislocating his shoulder.
But amazingly, it was also a moment of triumph for Bathurst skateboarder.
As Thompson and the three other riders in that consolation final on the Gold Coast all crashed in the final corner, an International Downhill Federation ruling meant the leader at the time - Thompson - was declared the victor.
It saw him finish Tame the Taipan in fifth outright, a result which was good enough to see him declared the Australian National Downhill Skateboarding champion for 2019 after a brief moment of confusion.
"It was not the way I really wanted to get it, but I got there," Thompson said.
"The crash was pretty much the last corner, it's a chicane so it's the right and the left. The crash happened between those two, just exiting the right and about to enter the left-hand corner. That's where we clipped wheels.
"In the IDF there's a ruling on protective position, to protect the last corner. If anyone comes down it basically ceases everything.
"I crossed the line in sixth [outright for the event], but they went to that ruling which is why I got fifth. Then on the podium they kinda stuffed it up, they had to rush the points and try and work them out quickly and stuffed it up and gave me second.
"But then we sorted it out that I was Australian champion ... so it all worked out."
It is the third time in Thompson's career that he has been crowned an Australian champion, having previously claimed the junior honours in 2015 then winning the open skateboard title in 2017.
He laid the foundation for his latest triumph on the slopes of Mount Panorama a week earlier when winning the open skateboard final of the Newtons Nation event.
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It not only marked a successful return to competition after shoulder surgery, but Thompson became the first Australian to win an IDF World Cup event.
He then headed to the Gold Coast and continued his good form by winning his round of 64, round of 32 and quarter-final runs.
In the semi-final Thompson was only able to manage fourth, which relegated him to the consolation final. He knew he needed to win that to beat out Harry Clarke for the Australian crown.
"The track is kinda hard to race, it's pretty tight and narrow and there aren't many spots with room to pass. So if you push out in front and are pretty dialled you can hold it, that's pretty much what happened to me in my semi-final, I couldn't get past. I just had to settle for fourth," he said.
"So I knew I had to win my consi and then yeah, that crash happened.
"When I got up my left shoulder, which is actually my good shoulder, was dislocated and I got up and just finished the run and got a mate to pop it back in when I got to the bottom of the hill. I was definitely a bit sore, my legs and my shoulders, but nothing is broken which is the main thing.
"It was a bummer to crash, but I got the job done."
Thompson's next IDF assignment, should his shoulder be recovered sufficiently, is the Philippines hosted Seaside on April 22-23.