French gymnast Samir Ait Said performs in the rings competition during the men's apparatus final at the European Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Montpellier, France, 18 April 2015.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said performs in the rings competition during the men's apparatus final at the European Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Montpellier, France, 18 April 2015. EPA - IAN LANGSDON

Gymnast suffers horrific leg fracture at Rio

WARNING: Graphic image

FRENCH gymnast Samir Ait Said has suffered a horrific double-leg fracture at the Rio Olympics, as shocked rivals questioned the scoring system which pushes competitors to try increasingly dangerous moves.

The 26-year-old snapped the lower part of his left leg, landing badly while competing in the vault in the men's qualifying at the Rio Olympic Arena.

The French delegation later confirmed he had suffered a double tibia and fibula fracture.

Ait Said fell to the mat in agony, clutching the back of his knee and the lower part of his leg, which visibly flopped to one side to gasps of horror from the crowd.

He was treated by medical staff for several minutes before being stretchered off to applause from the crowd.

Read more at ABC News Online


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