German weightlifter Matthias Steiner lost his balance and dropped a 423-pound barbell on his neck during the 105-kilogram, super-heavyweight weightlifting finals Tuesday.
This video captures Steiner, Germany's defending super-heavyweight champion, crumbling under the weight of the barbell in his second lift of the snatch portion of the competition.
Paramedics rushed to Steiner, bringing a banner to shield him for public view.
Steiner appeared to be fine, however, and walked away from the incident waving to the crowd. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
He withdrew from the competition in the 230-pound weight category.
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