NOPE. And let me say this again. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.
Great Britain’s Hector Pardoe had to retire from the Olympic Marathon swim after receiving an elbow to the eye that left him thinking his eye had fallen out of the socket into the water.
“On my last lap, I took an elbow to the face. I thought I’d lost my eye. My goggles came off completely. I always hoped that if I got injured like that, I’d be able to finish the race, but my goggles fell off and I couldn’t even get them.
“I couldn’t see anything — I thought my eye had fallen out in the water. I went up to the lifeguards and said: ‘My eye, my eye! Is it OK?’ They weren’t giving me a very decisive opinion, and I had to get out after that.”
Here’s how the eye looked once the dust had settled:
Utterly brutal … Great Britain’s @hector_pardoe had to withdraw from the men’s Olympic Marathon Swim (10k Open Water) very close to the end after receiving a forearm smash to the eye socket! Nasty … especially considering he had swimming goggles on! Great effort up ‘til then! pic.twitter.com/3ODAh0LZab
— Andy Jameson (@Andyjamesonswim) August 4, 2021
Thankfully he’s going to make a full recovery. Nasty!