After years of waiting, the 2016 Olympics are finally underway.
While the blue riband athletics events don’t commence for another week, the cycling, gymnastics and swimming programmes have begun. The last of which has already thrown up a dramatic incident.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said has seen his Olympic dream ruined via a horrific injury in the vault. It’s not one for the faint hearted.
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Ait Said entered the Rio games with high hopes. The 26-year-old had, after all, won gold at the 2013 World Championships on the rings and bagged silver on the same apparatus two years later.
He set out to prove his skills across several disciplines in Brazil however. The horizontal bar, vault, parallel bars, individual all-round and team all-round were all set to be met with Ait Said’s presence.
With a promising set of fellow Frenchman in his team also, there was little reason to suggest he would have left Rio without a medal.
However, his chances have been definitively ended after breaking his leg during the qualifying rounds of the vault.
Upon a poorly executed land, Ait Said broke his left leg below the knee. He could be seen clutching is limb upon realizing the injury and provoked shock from the commentators.
Avert your eyes if you’re squeamish, but if not the horrific injury can be viewed here:
It proves a similar incident to that involving footballer Demba Ba who suffered a comparable crock for Shanghai Shenhua recently. While one regards heavy blows on the mat and the other on the pitch, both prove equally shocking.
For the Frenchman it could have serious implications. Not only will Ait Said’s Rio 2016 hopes be slashed, but potentially his 2017 World Championship aspirations also.
It’s fair to say, the Olympics can be a cruel mistress.
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