In the midst of some victories and many more losses, comes the tragic news of Samir Ait Said, the French gymnast, having broken his leg at Rio Olympics due to an ill-timed vault landing during his performance.
It is heartbreaking to realise that the amount of effort and time that took for the athlete to make it to qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016, all had gone in one moment. On the first day of his competition, the gymnast has suffered a horrific leg injury.
The audience at the stadium, as well as the camera’s recording the event, could capture and hear Samir’s bone crushing as he landed and fell onto the floor. The voice of his leg snapping echoed all over the arena.Viewers also took to social media to expresses their reaction as and when the 26 year old Samir broke his leg. It was all the more surprising to the crowd as he showed now signs of pain and agony as his broken leg dangled in the air.
— Becki Wordsworth (@BeckiWordsworth) August 6, 2016
Oh, no! A loud snap just echoed through the arena when Samir Ait Said of France landed his vault. He hurt his left leg. Left on a stretcher
— Juliet Macur (@JulietMacur) August 6, 2016
Help was slightly delayed. The first aid physicians arrived late as Samir calmly lay on the ground holding his broken leg. He was taken out of the sporting venue. As he was being taken away, he received a standing ovation from the audiences.
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) August 6, 2016
Even after being in tremendous pain, Samir gathered the courage to behave like a true sportsman and waved to the crowd who were yet to recover from the horrific sight of his leg breaking.
Last season, he had also represented his country in Glasgow at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship and later paved his way into the Olympics team. Needless to say that Samir will no more be participating in Olympics any further. Unfortunately, he was also supposed to be competing in individual all-rounds, team all-rounds, rings, men’s parallel bars, pommel horse and floor exercise.
Here is the video of the time he broke his leg (Warning: Graphic Content):