The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro seem to be cursed by freak events (video below).
The opening ceremonies were marred by the killing of an endangered jaguar. Then members of the U.S. swim team showed up covered in red circles caused by “cupping therapy.” On Aug. 9, the diving pool turned from blue to green.
On Aug. 10, viewers of the weightlifting competition witnessed the gruesome sight of Andranik Karapetyan dislocating his elbow.
The 20-year-old Armenian athlete was attempting to lift 429 pounds over his head when his left elbow bent in an unnatural angle, reports the Daily Mail.
Karapetyan, one of the favorites to win the competition, had to let the iron crash to the ground, while he turned away in obvious agony. Medical personnel took him away on a stretcher, and he was seen being carried to an ambulance with an intravenous drip in his arm.
The eventual gold medal winner was Kazakhstan's Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan, with the silver medal going to China's Lu Xiaojun, and Mohamed Ihab Youssef of Egypt winning the bronze.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Karapetyan’s injury is unusual among elite weightlifters, most of whose injuries are “primarily overuse injuries, not traumatic injuries compromising joint integrity.”
In a study of elite U.S. male weightlifters who were injured during training at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, the NCBI reported the following results:
The back (primarily low back), knees, and shoulders accounted for the most significant number of injuries (64.8%). The types of injuries most prevalent in this study were strains and tendinitis (68.9%). Injuries of acute (59.6%) or chronic (30.4%) nature were significantly more common than recurrent injuries and complications. The recommended number of training days missed for most injuries was 1 day or fewer (90.5%). Injuries to the back primarily consisted of strains (74.6%). Most knee injuries were tendinitis (85.0%). The majority of shoulder injuries were classified as strains (54.6%). Rates of acute and recurring injuries were calculated to be 3.3 injuries/1000 hours of weightlifting exposure.
Karapetyan’s injury, it would appear, was a freak occurrence.
WARNING: Graphic video.