French gymnast Samir Ait Said who suffered a horrific Olympic injury on Saturday is back on his feet after surgery.
The Frenchman is recovering at Vitoria Barra Hospital in Rio and has been showing ardent determination to walk again.
The incident happened during the qualification rounds for the men’s gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Park on Saturday.
The 26-year-old gymnast must have missed something as he made a pretty bad landing on the vault, causing his left leg to break. The leg was dangling at a right-angle, swinging loosely below the knee as he fell to the floor.
After receiving first aid from medics, Ait Said managed to raise one arm to acknowledge the ovation of the crowd before he was carted away to hospital.
Meanwhile, French team leader Corrine Moustard-Callon confirmed Said had broken his leg, adding: “He is in the hospital with a doctor now.
We don’t know what happened, except that it was his tibia. We will do more exams to see if it just the bone.
It is very difficult for the team. He was one of the friendliest on the team which is very difficult – he came to win a medal and gave everything 200 per cent.”
However, though his injury appeared extremely serious, French gymnast Samir Ait Said is back on his feet and ready to walk again. In fact, he has been pictured in high spirits and taking baby steps to his recovery.
Aided by a Zimmer frame with his legs in a cast, the French Olympian has been walking along the hospital corridors, taking pictures.
In one of the pictures, Ait Said was with Bruno Grandi, president of the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), who visited him in the hospital.