There's gotta be more to it. There just absolutely has to be more to it than "Haitian hurdler fails to get over the first hurdle". I need an explanation. Literally anything would suffice. I'm honestly not convinced that he would have successful conquered that hurdle if it was nothing more than your average curb. This isn't even a joke, if you took the time to review the tape and measure it out I would bet he was closer to going under that hurdle than over it.
Does this dude also do races that don't have hurdles and just completely forgot which event he was taking part in when the gun went off? He approached that hurdle like he had no idea it was supposed to be there. You know when you're playing a video game for the first time and you die in like 3 seconds because you're not ready for what is about to be thrown at you? That's what Jeffrey Julmis looked like participating in an event that he has theoretically been training four years to take part in. Hell, he looked as baffled by the presence of an obstacle in an event based on obstacles as I do soberly trying to navigate a stop-and-chat with someone I haven't seen since high school.
It would make more sense if the guy that was supposed to be in Lane 9 had gotten food poisoning five minutes before the race and the IOC asked for a volunteer from the crowd to take his spot. I know it sounds like I am making fun of an Olympian that completely embarrassed himself on a huge stage, but I'm really just trying to get to the bottom of how he did so. You don't make it to the pinnacle of a sport that is contingent on the ability to jump high as someone that can't jump high. You certainly don't do so as someone who jumps so low that they end up tumbling all the way to the next hurdle while intertwined with the previous hurdle like a cartoon character falling down an absurdly long stair case in a scene that's being drawn out for comedic effect.