Milko Olavi Tokola collapses off stage in men’s weightlifting event

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There was a worrying moment in the men’s weightlifting at the Olympic Games on Friday.

Finland’s Milko Olavi Tokola managed to successfully lift 175kg and celebrated emphatically.

However, the 23-year-old collapsed as he walked off the stage, much to the concern of his coaching team. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Tokola stumbled before collapsing head first off the stage; his legs the only part of his body the spectators inside the arena could see.

He was then helped back to his feet by his coaching team and, fortunately, he seems to be fine now.

Video: Tokola collapses off the stage

What caused him to collapse?

According to the Daily Mail, doctors have said that Tokola probably fainted because of the huge exertion he had placed on his body by lifting the weights.

It’s likely that his blood pressure momentarily dropped, hence why he hit the deck like a sack of potatoes.

This isn't the first time it's happened to him

“It happens sometimes, but that was the first time for a while,” Tokola told reporters after the incident. “I have a problem where sometimes when I give 120 per cent I pass out. It's when I put my body through too much in that moment.

“Doctors have investigated and they think maybe it's to do with blood levels in the brain when I lift heavyweights.”

He continued: “I don't remember anything about the fall but I have a little bit of a headache now.”

He's not embarrassed...

While certain athletes would feel embarrassed by the incident - he didn’t exactly fall off the stage gracefully - Tokola insists he doesn’t feel embarrassed.

“Even though it will have been on TV, I don't feel any embarrassment because I won't see it, so I don't care,” he added.

“I’m an Olympic athlete now and I'm so happy.”

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