French artistic gymnast, Samir Ait Said has a premature end to his participation at the Rio Olympics after breaking his left leg during the men’s vault qualifying rounds, yesterday.
The freak incident happened after Samir failed to have a clean landing, causing his tibia and fibula bone to snap, a sound which can be heard throughout the stadium and from live broadcast.
“He always give 200 percent in terms of effort because he’s here to win a medal for France. It is extremely hard on the team to see him being injured,” said team leader, Corrine Moustard-Callon.
The 2013 European Championship gold medallist received a huge cheer from the crowd as a show of support when he was stretchered off by the paramedics to a nearby ambulance.
The 26-year-old athlete might be in an agonising situation, but he responded with a wave to acknowledge the audiences’ goodwill.