Higher… Faster… Stronger… RISKIER.
Weightlifting event goes HORRIBLY wrong.
Watching on TV makes it easy to forget how difficult these events actually are.
…Watching them go wrong helps put that back into perspective. First there was the snapped leg. This time it was a weightlifter’s elbow.
Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan crashed out of the Olympics in agony as his left elbow gave way during a second attempt to lift 195kg (429lbs).
The 20-year-old was one of the favourites for the 77kg (169lbs) and strode onto the stage with the confidence befitting a European champion and lifted the vast weight onto his broad shoulders.
But when he attempted the clean and jerk, his left arm gave way and he had to take evasive action.
He was expected to take home a medal. But instead went home disappointed.