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Russian Boxer Injured In Rio Fight, Taken Out In Wheelchair

A Russian boxer was taken out of the arena in a wheelchair amid agony and tears after she injured her arm in a Rio Olympic semi-final fight on August 17.

With one minute left of the first round against France's Estelle Mossely, Anastasiia Beliakova, 23, threw a punch at an awkward angle with her left hand and then immediately cried out in pain and stopped.

A doctor climbed through the ropes and rushed to her aid, as she stood grimacing in pain and unable to move.

She was coaxed gingerly out of the ring and into a wheelchair, and spirited out of the arena as she cried in distress.

It was not immediately clear what the injury was, but Mossely said she thought the Russian had dislocated her elbow.

Meanwhile,Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin, whose win over Irish bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan in a quarterfinal round provoked complaints, was eliminated from the Rio Games on August 17 due to an injury.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS