French Gymnast Samir Ait Said Breaks Leg in Gruesome Injury During Qualification Round
With so many athletes pushing themselves to their physical limits, it’s only natural that there will be a few injuries during the 2016 Olympic Games.
But this one is a real doozy.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg in a gruesome injury on Saturday during the men’s vault qualification rounds for gymnastics. Ait Said, 26, was competing against athletes from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and other countries in order to advance into the finals on Monday. However, Ait Said broke his left leg (WARNING: extremely graphic images in link) while landing and, according to New York Times Sports columnist Juliet Macur, a loud snap was heard inside the arena.
Ait Said was then carried out of the stadium in a stretcher.
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This marked the gymnast’s first Olympic Games, although he has racked up an impressive number of medals on his own at the European Championships. He holds four medals for rings – the most recent one being a silver from the 2015 Montpellier games – and also won the silver for the vault in the 2011 Berlin games.
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Ait Said’s teammate Jim Zona expressed shock over his injury.
“No words,” he wrote on Twitter in French. “Sad and shocked for Samir, for the whole team. We have to find the strength to have a good finish to the competition.”
Ait Said was set to compete in the horizontal bars, the parallel bars, the rings, the pommel horse, the floor exercise and the individual and team all-arounds. It is unclear what his current status is following his injury.
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