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The weightlifter holds six French records.

French weightlifter suffers horrific injury at European Championships

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French weightlifter Gaelle Nayo Ketchanke has suffered a brutal injury at the European Weightlifting Championships - breaking her arm in two places.

The 31-year-old attempted to lift 110 kg in the women's 76kg category in Batumi, Georgia, where the Championships are being held.

She had failed twice at the weight, which would have been her personal best had she been able to complete the lift. She then returned for another attempt.

When she managed to get the bar above her head, it seemed like it might be third time lucky for the competitor, who holds six French records.

However, it was then that her arm buckled under the weight.

The event was being streamed live by the European Weightlifting Federation, but the feed was cut as soon as it was clear what had happened - not that this blocked the excruciating screams of pain.

It was unsurprising news, therefore, when the French team at the event confirmed the two breaks after she had been rushed to hospital. She may also have dislocated her shoulder, although no reports yet confirm this.

Despite the incident, however, Ketchanke still came away with a bronze medal, as she had already managed to lift 103 kg before her attempts at 110kg.

Watch the lift below, but we must warn you, it is graphic content.

She has since shared a photo of her arm in a cast on Instagram, along with a text that said: “I'm coming out of these European Championships not in the best of ways, with a 107kg wrenching elbow injury after winning the bronze medal at 103kg.

"I received a lot of support messages that made me feel good and we are waiting for my return to France to do further tests.

"I want to thank the medical and technical staff of the Federation who responded very quickly and who are by my side. My coaches and my colleagues from the France team. I will come back to you for news."

The 2019 European Weightlifting Championships started last Saturday, with tomorrow being the final day of action.

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