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Russian powerlifter Alexander Sedykh has shown off his post-surgery scars after breaking both knees in a horror accident.
Sedykh was attempting to squat 400kg at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) European Championships recently when things went pear-shaped.
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The defending champion at the event, Sedykh’s knees buckled horribly as he lifted the weight onto his shoulders, screaming out in agony.
The Russian was immediately transferred to hospital for surgery - and he now has the scars to prove it.
Sedykh posted a photo of his repaired knees on social media on Tuesday, showing multiple stitches and bruising.
“Don't look at the faint-hearted (sic),” he wrote.
“Let today be the starting point for the world of recovery!
“After 10 days, the stitches will be removed, it will be a little easier.”
Sedykh earlier revealed that he will have to learn to walk again after the horror accident.
He suffered fractures to both knees and required his quadriceps muscles to be reattached.
“The main thing is that I must lie motionless in bed for two months,” he said.
“Then I'll be taught how to walk again. It’ll take time to recuperate.
“I’ve had my quadriceps re-sewn and my knees put back together.”
He has not revealed whether or not he will continue his weightlifting career.
Latest awful injury to hit weightlifting world
Sedykh’s was the latest gruesome injury to rock the weightlifting world in recent times.
France’s Gaelle Nayo-Ketchanke broke her arm at the 2019 European Championships when an attempt at the clean and jerk went horribly wrong.
Nayo-Ketchanke’s left forearm buckled under the immense weight after she managed to get the bar above her head.
Ketchanke was taken off on a stretcher, breaking her left arm in two places as well as dislocating her elbow.
And back in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard suffered a similar fate.
Hubbard cried out in pain when her left elbow gave way attempting to snatch a Games-record 132kg, when she was already leading the competition with 120kg.
Born Gavin Hubbard before transitioning to female in her 30s, she retired immediately after the Games.