Roman Khrennikov Competes on One Foot After Injury
Roman Khrennikov continued to compete taking the floor for Test 11 after injuring his left foot in Test 10—doing heavy rope double-unders and pulling a 345-pound sled on one leg.
Khrennikov was seen in a wheelchair only moments before entering the competition floor on Sunday. As reported earlier, it is unconfirmed, but it’s suspected that he broke a bone in his left foot and perhaps tore a ligament as well.
- Khrennikov was seen with a sneaker on one foot and a lifter on the injured foot. The athlete who wore the white leader’s jersey almost the entire competition is now going to fall down the leaderboard.
- He had to perform 30 heavy rope double-unders per round of the workout.
- Khrennikov continued to push through the workout with a four-minute standing ovation and worked until the end of the 15-minute time cap.
- With two minutes remaining the crowd started to chant “Roman.”
- On his remaining healthy leg, Khrennikov managed to complete just over half the test by the final buzzer.
Crying on the competition floor, Khrennikov said through his interpreter: “I want to be a hero for my son and have him see me fight to the end.” He received a second standing ovation as he left the competition floor and a second chant.
- Following Khrennikov’s interview, test winner Brent Fikowski said the Russian “has the courage of 10 men.”
Test 11: Parallel-bar Pull
8 rounds for time:
Down-and-back P-bar traverse
30 heavy-rope double-unders
1 section hand-over-hand sled pull
Time cap: 15 minutes
The bottom line: Khrennikov’s grit and determination is more impressive than almost anything that has occurred throughout the entire Games competition. After Test 10 he had a 109-point lead over third. Even with a last place finish in the final two tests he will end in 7th place.