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Weightlifter scoops silver after collapsing under weight

These shocking images capture the moment a female Venezuelan weightlifter collapsed onto the floor

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These shocking images capture the moment a female Venezuelan weightlifter collapsed onto the floor as she tried the clean and jerk at the Pan Am Games on Sunday – yet remarkably still managed to scoop the silver medal.

Genesis Rodriguez Gomez, 20, was competing in the women’s 53kg Group A at the competition in Oshawa, Ontario in the United States.

Venezuela's Genesis Rodriguez Gomez attempts a lift in the women's 53kg weightlifting at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rodriguez took silver in the event.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Venezuela's Genesis Rodriguez Gomez attempts a lift in the women's 53kg weightlifting at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rodriguez took silver in the event.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

She had already completed three attempts on the snatch, weighing 88kg, 90kg and 92kg – but she missed her first attempt at 106kg

The audience watched on as she lifted the bar to her shoulders and then above her head. But in what could have been a deadly incident she fell to the platform floor – but the bar and weights fell behind her.

Venezuela's Genesis Rodriguez Gomez collapses during a lift attempt in the women's 53kg weightlifting at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rodriguez took silver in the event.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Venezuela's Genesis Rodriguez Gomez collapses during a lift attempt in the women's 53kg weightlifting at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Rodriguez took silver in the event.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Amazingly, she refused to be beaten and managed to lift the weight on her second attempt, and she managed it also on her third lift.

Rodriguez came second, to win silver, behind 32-year-old Rusmeris Villar Barboza - meanwhile 20-year-old Yafreysi Silvrestre Velgar picked up bronze.

Medal winners in the women's 53kg weightlifting pose together on the podium at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. From left are silver medal winner Genesis Rodriguez Gomez of Venezuela, gold medal winner Rusmeris Villar Barboza of Colombia, and bronze medal winner Yafreysi Silvestre Velgar of Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Medal winners in the women's 53kg weightlifting pose together on the podium at the Pan Am Games in Oshawa, Ontario, Sunday, July 12, 2015. From left are silver medal winner Genesis Rodriguez Gomez of Venezuela, gold medal winner Rusmeris Villar Barboza of Colombia, and bronze medal winner Yafreysi Silvestre Velgar of Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)