Brazilian gold medal hopeful Sarah Menezes suffered a gruesome injury in the quarter finals of women’s judo (48kg) during Day 1 of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As Menezes was grappling with Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Monkhbat, Menezes was tossed to the ground, but not in a fashion that would award Monkhbat an ippon (full point,/immediate victory). Once on the mat, Monkhbat seized upon Menezes right arm and wrenched it into a deep armbar. Menezes twisted onto her stomach as Monkhbat hyper-extended the arm to the point it appeared to snap. At the moment of likely fracture, Menezes immediately tapped - granting Monkhbat the ippon.
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Menezes stayed prone for several seconds after Monkhbat broke the hold, until finally her coach came to her aid. Clutching her injured arm, Menezes left the arena while being warmly applauded.
Full video of the match, including its aftermath is available here via NBC. Canadian viewers can watch it on CBC.
Munkhbat went on to lose to Japan’s Ami Kondo in the bronze medal match later that day.
Menezes is a hero in Brazilian judo. The 26-year-old from Piaui is the first judoka to ever win Olympic gold in the women’s 48kg weight-class. That gold came in the 2012 London Olympics. Menezes has also won gold medals at the 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Pan American Championships.