Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai's first Olympics ended in agony when he dislocated his right elbow in the ugliest moment yet of the Olympic weightlifting competition.This is why I watch the Olympics. Not the injuries. The single competitor who pits himself against the world. The solitary athlete always give all. Sometimes they win honors for themselves and sometimes the greatest honor they take home is that of OLYMPIAN. Less often, the athlete loses control and disaster strikes as it did here.
Baranyai was trying to snatch 148kg in his third lift in the men's 77kg division, when his elbow popped out of its 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.
A former judo wrestler from Oroszlany, Hungary, Baranyai was competing with the so-called B-group of lifters in the 77kg division.
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 140kg and 145kg before loading up the bar at 148kg - a relatively modest weight in top-level competition. The world record in the snatch is 173kg.
Janos Baranyai, Hungarian weightlifter, goes home with injury an distinction. Janos is what most of us will never be - an Olympian.
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