French Weightlifter Snaps Arm in Two Places During Competition

April 12, 2019 Updated: April 12, 2019

Warning: Graphic content.

A female weightlifter’s arm snapped in several places during a competition.

The French athlete, Gaelle Ketchanke, was attempting to lift about 220 pounds (110 kilograms) during the European Weightlifting Championships in Batumi, Georgia, reported the Daily Mail.

According to the report, she tried lifting the same weight twice and failed each time. When she attempted the lift for a third time, her arm broke.

The incident unfolded on live television.

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Ketchanke’s elbow bent in an unnatural way behind her body, and her grip kept it behind her body before it crushed her.

The Mail reported that she was screaming in pain after the injury. She was then rushed to the hospital after leaving via a stretcher.

“Her cries of pain could be heard reverberating across the room as onlookers clutched their faces in horror,” Yahoo wrote in describing the atmosphere.

Ouch. 👀

Posted by Yahoo News Australia on Friday, April 12, 2019

The report said she broke her arm in two places and dislocated her elbow.

Previously, she won the silver medal at the championships in Romania. She was also tipped to partake in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

She issued a statement about her injury, reported Unilad.

“I’m coming out of these European Championships not in the best of ways, with a 107 kg wrenching elbow injury after winning the bronze medal at 103 kg,” she said. “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.”

She added: “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 video showing her injury can be seen here (Warning: graphic). The Epoch Times has chosen not to post the video.

A dislocated elbow means that the forearm’s bones move out of place compared with the rest of the arm.

“Specific, serious injuries that may occur are fractures (breaking of the bones in the arm), injuries to the arteries in the arm (the vessels carrying blood to the hand), and injuries to the nerves that run through the elbow area, impairing movement and feeling in the arm and hand,” says WebMD of the injury.

Stop Posting Video

Auburn gymnast Samantha Cerio pleaded with people to stop posting and sharing the gruesome video that shows her knees and legs bending in an unnatural way.

In the past week, Cerio was forced to retire from the sport after the freak injury she sustained at a competition in Louisiana.

Samantha Cerio is staying upbeat as she continues to heal from surgery.

Posted by People on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

“Those of you posting and tagging me in the video of my injury, I am asking you to please stop,” she wrote on Twitter on April 10.

She added: “Going through the pain and seeing my knees bent unnaturally in real life was horrible enough, but to continue to see it from videos/pictures because some people feel entitled to repost it is not okay. I have family, friends, and teammates who do not need to see me getting injured over and over again. My pain is not your entertainment,” Yahoo News reported.

Cerio then made her Twitter account private.

Auburn senior Samantha Cerio said the constant circulation of the clip is affecting her and those close to her.

Posted by USA TODAY on Thursday, April 11, 2019

Her coach, Jeff Graba, previously confirmed that she tore ligaments in her legs and dislocated both knees. Prior reports said she broke both her legs.

“Sam’s surgery lasted two and a half hours and was an extreme success,” Graba wrote on Twitter. “We know the road for full healing is going to be a long and difficult one, but we are confident that she’ll be able to make a complete recovery.”

According to WebMD, a dislocated knee means that the bones around that joint have been jolted out of place with a lot of force.

“Dislocated knees are rare, but they’re severe. Other parts of your knee might also have been damaged at the same time. You need to see a doctor right away in order to get back on the road to recovery,” the website says.

They’re usually the result of car accidents, hard falls, and sports injuries, the site states, adding that it’s quite painful.

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