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By David Aspinall 

This CrossFit athlete had a lucky near miss as she toppled over holiday a 75kg barbell above her head.


While working out her at friend’s gym CrossFit Tried & True in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, Rachel Kenney tried to snatch a personal best 165lbs.

In a flash, Rachel shoots the weight over her head while in a squat position before trying to stand up straight on August 5.

Standing upright, the two-year CrossFit veteran suddenly begins to lose balance and falls over backwards quickly followed by the barbell whose plates fall mere inches away from her chest.

Rachel said: “It looks worse than it was but it was the most freak accident I’ve ever had.

“It was scary but it’s a little funny now knowing I’m not hurt.

“The wind was knocked out of me but I just laughed a little and told everyone I needed a minute to make sure I didn’t break anything.

“I had a few bumps and bruises but nothing crazy at all.

“This was the heaviest I’ve gone for but before I had hit 155lbs and 160lbs.

“I tried bailing the way I always do but my body basically crumbled and went with the bar.”