Olympian suffers gruesome leg injury during vault qualifier (GRAPHIC)

An overview shows France's Samir Ait Said being stretchered off after being injured while competing in the qualifying for the men's vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. © Antonin Thuillier
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. 

France's Samir Ait Said reacts after injuring his leg while competing in the qualifying for the men's vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. © Thomas Coex

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.

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