Gruesome Moment Weightlifter’s Arm Snaps During Weightlighting Championships

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 12.04.19

Oh god I feel sick.

This is your warning to go away if you don’t want to see something bad.

Thirty-one-year-old Gaelle Nayo Ketchanke has broken her arm in two places after trying to lift her personal best of 110kg during the European Weightlighting Championships in Batumi, Georgia.

While she failed to lift the weight prior to this, on her third attempt, she managed to get it over her head. This came at a price though, as her arm quite literally snapped as it buckled under the weight of the bar.

Harrowing stuff.

As reports have it, as well as a double break, Ketchanke also dislocated her elbow. As you may have suspected, she was immediately rushed to hospital for surgery.

While the livestream of the event did cut to a different camera after the incident occurred, the weightlifter could still be heard screaming, in footage that is genuinely hard to watch.

Despite this, she still managed to “walk” away with a bronze medal, thanks to her 103kg opener.

Happily, Ketchanke is making a recovery, and was able to update her fans on Instagram…

Translated, she wrote:

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.

We’re wishing Gaelle the speediest recovery possible.

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