Russian weightlifter breaks right leg while trying to squat 550 pounds

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • A Russian weightlifter breaks his right leg during one of his attempts at Sunday’s Eurasian Weightlifting Championship.
  • As Yaroslav Radashkevich attempted to squat about 550 pounds, his legs gave out and the bones in his right leg cracked.
  • It was later revealed that he sustained fractures in the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

Russian weightlifter Yaroslav Radashkevich suffered a gruesome injury while trying to squat about 550 pounds at Sunday’s Eurasian Weightlifting Championship.

On his attempt to lift the weights, his right leg snaps in a horrific cracking sound, and he crumbles to the ground in agony.

The excruciating moment was caught on camera and shared on YouTube.

In the video, the 20-year-old athlete can be seen lowering himself while lifting the weights on his shoulders. Several coaches stood by him to monitor his attempts.

As Radashkevich proceeded to bend down, his legs gave out – and the bones in his right leg cracked. When he was later taken to the hospital, his tests revealed fractures in the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

The New Zealand Herald reported on Radashkevich’s interview with Russian media outlets, in which he revealed that he was already struggling with a leg injury weeks before the event.

He professed, “Two weeks ago my leg began to hurt badly. I thought that it was just pulled, so I did not pay attention, I just had painkillers, trained, prepared. I was also advised it would pass by itself, heal.”

He recalled that he “could not squat down” during his first two attempts: “In the first and second attempts, I strained a bit, my knees inward, outward, shaken. And after that, the pain in the shins intensified.” He said that it was in the third attempt that his legs gave out.

Radashkevich is currently recovering in the hospital, as reported by the New Zealand Herald.

 

Source: FOX News

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