Armenian weightlifter suffers horrific arm inury

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There have already been some horrific injuries suffered at Rio 2016 but Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan joined the list of contenders last night after suffering a shocking arm injury mid-lift.

Karapetyan was one of the favourites to win gold in the 77kg category but saw his hopes crash as he attempted to lift 195kg.

Trying to raise more than twice of your own bodyweight over your head is no easy task for even the strongest and most experienced weightlifters but there's no way the 20-year-old would have been expecting the events to pan out as they did.

The video below reveals all, but it really isn't for faint-hearted so you have been warned!

It was Karapetyan's second effort at lifting 195kg and as he attempted the clean and jerk, his left arm was stretched way beyond any natural position.

Unable to withstand the pain of hyperextending his elbow, Karapetyan had to avoid being crushed by the weights after letting go.

As the bar came crashing down behind the Armenian, he immediately sought medical attention for his arm.

The grimace and harrowing screams that can be heard are particularly distressing and unsurprisingly he was spotted being sent to hospital in an ambulance on a stretcher and a saline drip shortly after.

No doubt this is not how Karapetyan would have predicted his Olympics to end but particularly gruesome injuries like this are always tough to recover from both mentally and physically.

Nijat Rahimov from Kazakhstan took the gold, with Lu Xiaojun of China and Egypt's Mohamed Ihab Youssef rounding off the top three once the event resumed.

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