Olympian suffers gruesome leg injury during vault qualifier (GRAPHIC)

Olympian suffers gruesome leg injury during vault qualifier (GRAPHIC)
French gymnast Samir Aït Saïd’s Olympic dream is now over after he suffered a horrific leg break in the Men’s Vault competition.

The first-time Olympian landed awkwardly on the first day of the event as he attempted a backwards spin manoeuvre that ended with a sickening snap. 

Gasps could be heard from around the Rio Olympic Arena as the extent of the 26-year-old’s gruesome injury became apparent. 

Footage of the incident showed the Frenchman rolling over in agony after his standing leg snaps on hitting the cushioned landing mat at an angle. 

The athlete was given a round of applause as he was stretchered from the arena.

Twitter reaction has been one of shock, while many, including the Official Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee, have wished the young athlete a speedy recovery. 

The French Olympic Committee has since reported that Said suffered a tibia fibula fracture in the fall.