Decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen injures his leg in lengthy bounce run-up and lands SIDEWAYS within the sand earlier than leaving the stadium in a wheelchair after receiving a prolonged therapy
- Thomas Van der Plaetsen badly hyperextended his proper knee on his first try
- The 30-year-old was unable to cease himself falling sideways into the sand
- The 2016 European champion was then taken out of the stadium in a wheelchair
- This was Van der Plaetsen’s second Olympics after struggling testicular most cancers
- His earlier Video games noticed him come eighth within the Rio de Janeiro multi-event
A Belgian decathlete was taken from the stadium in a wheelchair in Tokyo after struggling an awful-looking damage to his proper knee.
Thomas Van der Plaetsen was competing within the lengthy bounce – the second occasion within the 10-stage competitors – and appeared to drag up with a hamstring damage simply earlier than making his first bounce.
The 2016 European champion then went again to the beginning of the run-up for one more strive, however badly hyperextended his proper knee halfway by means of his try earlier than touchdown sideways within the sand.
Thomas Van der Plaetsen is in shock after badly injuring his proper leg in the course of the decathlon
The 30-year-old badly hyperextended his proper knee and tumbled sideways into the sand
The 2016 European Champion grimaced after the painful damage and needed to cease competing
Though he has not but pulled out of the competitors, Van der Plaetsen’s Olympics now seems set to be over as he was taken from the Nationwide Stadium after prolonged therapy, understandably emotional. He completed fourth in his 100m warmth in the course of the first decathlon occasion.
That the 30-year-old has made his second Video games is outstanding contemplating he was recognized with testicular most cancers in October 2014.
He managed to make recuperate in time to win decathlon gold on the Summer season Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea in July 2015, with the competitors comprising the world’s finest pupil multi-sport athletes.
Van der Plaetsen has not but pulled out of the Video games – however his probabilities of medalling look over
His good type then continued the next yr as he once more gained gold on the European Championships earlier than inserting eighth on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Since then, he has not managed to medal at a serious competitors, not finishing the World or European Championships in 2017, earlier than ending sixth on the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow in 2018 and ninth on the 2019 World Championships.
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