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French Gymnast Samir Ait Said Breaks Leg During Olympic Vault

The 27-year-old was carried away on a stretcher after the incident

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    A member of the French men's gymnastics team suffered a horrific injury Saturday that ended his Olympic hopes in Rio.

    Samir Ait Said broke his left leg below the knee during his dismount on the vault on Day 1 of the qualification round. His leg snapped in the wrong direction when he landed and the sound could be heard throughout the arena, The Associated Press reported. 

    After the incident, the 27-year-old was carried away on a stretcher to a standing ovation. 

    According to the French team's Twitter account, Said suffered a bone fracture in his tibia. 

    Well-wishers lit up social media afterward. 

    According to Said’s bio, he recently took part in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2015.