WATCH: Weightlifter snaps leg during gruesome squat attempt

video 24/05/2019

WARNING: GRIM CONTENT AHEAD

Russian Yaroslav Radashkevich will be sidelined for a while - perhaps permanently - after suffering a gruesome leg injury during the Eurasian powerlifting championships.

Radashkevich was attempting a 250kg squat, when his leg buckled beneath him, snapping his tibia (lower leg) in the process. The sound of the break (and cries of horror from spectators) reverberated throughout the auditorium.

Radashkevich had reportedly suffered from shin splints in the build-up to the competition.

"It turns out that two weeks ago, my leg began to hurt badly," he told Russian news site Amur.

"I thought that it was just pulled, so I didn't pay attention. I just had painkillers, training, prepared.

"I was also advised it would pass by itself, heal."

He failed in his first two attempts at the weight, before his third ended in disaster.

"In the third attempt - the same weight - when I squatted, something happened. You can see the video."

Radashkevich, a personal trainer, is now recovering in hospital.

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