French gymnast who broke leg in Rio promises to return in 2020

Samir Ait Said

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Injured French gymnast Samir Ait Said is back on his feet. Sort of.

A day after gruesomely breaking his leg while vaulting during men’s Olympic preliminaries, Said posted a Facebook video from his hospital bed thanking people for the outpouring of support and pledging to return to the sport eventually.

Said underwent surgery on Saturday night to repair the tibea he fractured while trying to land on vault. The image of his leg bent grotesquely at a nearly 90 degree angle went viral immediately. Said praised his French teammates, some of whom managed to qualify for event finals later this week despite being visibly rattled after watching Said leave the Rio Olympic Arena on a stretcher.

Said says he’s behind his pals who kept their act together after the fall.

He also says competing at the Tokyo Games in 2020 is still possible.

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