Sunday, 7 August 2016

The bone-crunching moment a French gymnast breaks his leg in horror fall (photos + video)

Heart churning photos show the horrendous moment a French gymnast's Olympics, 26-year-oldm Samir Ait Said severely broke his left leg while landing on a vault during team preliminaries on Saturday.  Samir’s leg lsnapped as he tried to complete his vault, with the sound of the injury echoing through the arena. The preliminaries was being aired on life TV before the sad event.

The injury means Said will leave the Olympics prematurely, having also been expected to compete in the men's parallel bars, the individual all-round, the team all-round, floor exercise, rings and the pommel horse. Said who competed at 2015's World Championships in Glasgow, won gold on the rings at 2013's European Championships and then silver in the same discipline in 2015. More photos and video below;

A French gymnast's Olympics ended when he severely injured his left leg while vaulting during team preliminaries on Saturday

A steward struggles to hide his grimace as Said crashes to the mat, having broken his leg while attempting to land his vault

The athlete's leg bent awkwardly as he tried to land, the sound of the injury echoing through the arena

Medical staff attend to Said following the unfortunate injury, which has ended his hopes of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics

Said seems relatively calm as the Olympic athlete is treated by medical staff on call at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

After a delay of several minutes, he was eventually wheeled out and raised one arm to acknowledge the loud ovation he received from the crowd

Samir Ait Said is stretchered off after suffering the horrendous injury, receiving a rousing ovation from those watching

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