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Olympic gold medallist Tom Ransley muses on life since Rio

“Ransley, don’t move!”

In hindsight the Rice Krispies’ characters most succinctly sum up the immediate experience of fracturing a bone; ‘Snap’, ‘Crackle’, ‘Pop’!

Having hammered into the rock floor I immediately attempt to stand. I knew I had done damage.

“You OK? You’re not lookin’ so good.”

I felt pretty sick. It was a brutal fall. I landed almost entirely on my shoulder blade, driving all my body weight through the shoulder. There had been a sharp snap accompanied by a strange yet vivid sensation like hard ball bearings fizzing through a hot pulp. I was on my feet but dizzy and disorientated. I mumbled a response to my quizzical friend whilst inspecting the pain site. Tentatively I put two fingers to my collar bone and gently pressed into my shoulder. Where, not moments ago, there had been a solid traverse of bone, now, I felt an unnerving squishiness accompanied by an instant bolt of electric pain. It radiated like a firework, exploding across my chest and down my arm. Yes, definitely broken.

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