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Said, 26, was competing in the qualification of the Men's Vault when he landed awkwardly, breaking his left leg below the knee.
The ordeal was captured LIVE on TV and reports claim that the sound of the injury echoed throughout the area. Andrea Joyce reported from the Olympic Arena that the injury is an open fracture to the left tibia of Ait Said's leg. He exited on a stretcher to a standing ovation. "Men's vault has increased in difficulty more than any other event, and gymnasts are taking extreme risks for a few extra tenths [for their scores]".
The Frenchman won gold on the rings at the 2013 European Championships and silver on the same apparatus in 2015.
Moments later, members of the French team moved on to its next rotation without Said, each appearing distraught at what had happened.
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The Rio 2016 Olympics started on Wednesday with the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday night.