Hungarian weightlifter suffers horror injury in Beijing Olypics Photos and Video

Hungarian strongman Janos Baranyai's first Olympics ended in agony when he dislocated his right elbow in the weightlifting competition.

Baranyai was trying to snatch 148 kg in his third lift in the men's 77-kilogram division, when his elbow popped out of socket.

No longer able to support the weight of the barbell, his right forearm bent backward. The 24-year-old Hungarian fell to the floor in shock, shaking and crying out in pain.
Hungary's coaching staff and competition officials rushed to Baranyai's aid as he lay trembling on the floor, his arm limp and twisted out of position.

Baranyai was carried off the platform on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

'There was a dislocation of the elbow but the bones are not broken,' Hungarian weightlifting federation boss Tamas Feher said.

'They just put it right back, but I think he's lost the rest of the year.'

former judo wrestler from Oroszlany, Hungary, Baranyai was competing with the so-called B-group of lifters in the 77-kg division; the top contenders in the A-group were set to enter the contest later Wednesday.

Hungary's lone lifter in the Olympics, he was ninth in both the snatch and clean and jerk in the European Championship earlier this year and placed 33rd in last year's world championship.

He cleared his first snatch attempts at 140 kg (308 pounds) and 145 kg (319 pounds) before loading up the bar at 148 kg - a relatively modest weight in top-level competition. The world record in the snatch is 173 kg (463 pounds).

In the snatch, the bar is pulled overhead in one continuous motion as the lifter settles into a squat, then rises with arms extended. Baranyai was in the squat position when his elbow popped.
(News source)

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