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French gymnast suffers grisly fracture at Rio Olympics

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Samir Ait Said of France vaults on his way to breaking his leg while competing during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO – French gymnast Samir Ait Said’s Olympics ended when he severely injured his left leg while vaulting during team preliminaries on Saturday.

Said’s leg bent awkwardly as he tried to land, the sound of the injury echoing through the arena.

Said writhed on the ground in agony while medical officials tended to him. He exited on a stretcher to a standing ovation.

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.

The U.S. men are leading halfway through the second subdivision thanks to a strong performance from four-time national champion Sam Mikulak. Great Britain, which took third at last year’s world championships, is second. The top eight teams in qualifying will move on to Monday night’s team final.

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