Armenian Weightlifter Dislocates Elbow at Rio Olympics

Andranik Karapetyan before dislocation of elbow (Photo: Associated Press)
Andranik Karapetyan before dislocation of elbow (Photo: Associated Press)

Andranik Karapetyan before dislocation of elbow (Photo: Associated Press)

RIO DE JANEIRO (Telegraph)—Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan was rushed to hospital in agony after appearing to dislocate his elbow during the men’s 77kg competition at the Rio Olympics.

The 20-year-old was in contention for a bronze medal when he attempted to lift 195kg in the clean and jerk.

Halfway through the attempt his left elbow seemed to pop out and Karapetyan screamed in agony before being helped off the platform in tears by members of his coaching team.

A short while later he was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher, with a saline drip attached to him, as several of his team-mates and Armenian staff looked on distraught.

Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov won gold while Lyu Xiaojun of China took silver and Egypt’s Mohamed Mahmoud claimed bronze.

(Graphic) video of the incident can be watched below.

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