Thursday 29 September 2016

'Be strong, I’m with you': French gymnast who suffered horrific leg break motivates team mates

Published 08/08/2016 | 21:16

Samir Ait Said of France breaks his leg while competing on the vault
Samir Ait Said of France breaks his leg while competing on the vault

The French gymnast who suffered a horrific leg break in Rio has posted an inspirational motivational video online.

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Samir Ait Said suffered a shocking broken leg during the qualification rounds for the men's gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Park on Saturday.

The 26-year-old landed badly on the vault and his left leg folded beneath him, before swinging loosely below the knee as he fell to the floor.

Ait Said posted an inspiring motivational video on his Facebook page, saying: "I’m behind all my pals.

"They managed to keep their act together after my fall. That must have been really difficult.

"They were real warriors. So come on boys, be strong, I’m with you.

"Believe me, the Tokyo 2020 adventure is still alive. .

"As soon as I’m recovered, believe me, we’ll go back to training and we’ll go after those Olympics."

It's not the first time an injury has dashed Mr Ait Said's Olympic dreams. The gymnast was forced to pull out of the 2012 Games because he fractured his leg in three places during the European Championships.

The injury came minutes after Germany's Andreas Toba hurt his knee during floor exercise. Toba abandoned his routine and was helped off by trainers but managed to compete on pommel horse before exiting to receive medical attention.

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Watch the horrific leg break here

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