The most eye-poppingly painful injuries from Rio 2016

Nasty neck, leg and elbow injuries several Olympians and spectators great pain.

    2016/08/22

NSFW    RIO DE JANEIRO — From being kicked in the face by a horse to wounded spectators and snapping elbows, Rio 2016 had some painful moments.

The German equestrian team’s groom got a nasty hoof kick to the face by a horse on Aug. 12. Brit Robbie Sanderson reportedly received stitches for the injury.

On Aug. 6, Samir Ait Said of France broke his leg during a vault competition, but a few days later he was up and making his first steps toward recovery.

During the qualifying round of the women’s gymnastics 17-year-old Brit Ellis Downie landed on her neck. She said she heard a “crunch,” but amazingly she continued competing.

Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan dislocated his elbow in a horror injury.
His elbow snapped as he tried to lift the 195-kg weights. The European weightlifting champion is reportedly recovering in hospital.

And it wasn’t only athletes. Spectators got hurt as well.

A camera suspended by cables fell 20 feet in Olympic Park on Aug. 15, hitting two people below. One woman was taken away on a stretcher, and another needed a neck brace following the accident.
Briton Ellie Downie heard her neck “crunch” when this happened, but she was still able to compete. REUTERS
Briton Ellie Downie heard her neck “crunch” when this happened, but she was still able to compete. REUTERS
Samir Ait Said of France broke his leg during a vault competition. REUTERS
Samir Ait Said of France broke his leg during a vault competition. REUTERS
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