Already there have been a number of painful
injuries at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and in this list we take a look at some of them.
Please note that there are graphic images in this video so viewer discretion is advised. Number 5 – Annemiek Van Vleuten Dutch cyclist, Annemiek Van Vleuten suffered
a shocking but nasty crash while leading the women’s cycling road race. As she was descending
down a road, the 33-year-old attempted to perform a sharp turn around a bend, however,
was thrown off her bike, leaving her motionless and severely concussed. The near-fatal crash
resulted in Van Vleuten being hospitalised and put into intensive care and she sustained
three lumbar spinal fractures as well as multiple cuts across her face and body. Van Vleuten’s
own mother even thought that her own daughter was dead after seeing the crash but thankfully
the Dutch cyclist is recovering well from something that could have left her in a far
worse state. Number 4 – SARAH MENEZES During the quarter finals of the Women’s
48kg Judo event, defending Olympic champion, Sarah Menezes, suffered a broken arm after
Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat locked Menezes in an armbar. As the two were grappling, the
Mongolian tossed Menezes to the mat and locked in a deep armbar on the right arm of Menezes.
This resulted in Menezes having to submit at the moment of the fracture and she left
the arena clutching her injured arm while receiving a warm applause from the crowd. Number 3 – Vincenzo Nibali Italian cyclist, Vincenzo Nibali was involved
in a brutal crash that left him with a broken collarbone during the Olympic Road Race. As
Nibali was approaching the final descent of the Vista Chinesa, he attempted to split up
from his three-man breakaway group. However, he lost control around a corner and subsequently
crashed. The 31-year-old cyclist was diagnosed with a double fracture on his collarbone and
was flown back to Italy to undergo surgery to have metal plates inserted in his collarbone. Number 2 – Andranik Karapetyan Armenian weightlifter, Andranik Karapetyan,
suffered a sickening injury while attempting to perform a 429lb (195kg) clean and jerk.
Halfway through the clean and jerk, the 20-year-old Armenian’s left elbow horrifically hyperextended
as he extended his left elbow too far causing his arm to bend the other way. He was left
screaming in agony before being helped out of the stage by coaching and medical staff. Number 1 – Ait Said French gymnast, Samir Ait Said suffered a
gruesome leg break after a botched vault landing in the men’s qualifying. The awkward landing
saw Said break his leg below his knee and his lower leg was seen dangling at a right-angle.
The cracking noise from the double-break was even echoed across the whole arena according
to some of the crowd. To make matters worse, staff members dropped Said’s stretcher as
they attempted to load him into an ambulance. Thankfully, the French gymnast is recovering
and walking again following surgery on his tibia and said, “…as soon as I’m back on
my feet I’ll be back in training and searching for that Olympic gold.”