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Rio 2016 Olympic Games Stricken gymnast Said grateful for support

The gymnast who suffered a horrific broken leg on Saturday, Samir Ait Said, insists he will "do everything" to win a gold medal in Tokyo.

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Gymnast Samir Ait Said has issued a message of thanks for the support he has received in the wake of his horrific leg break on the opening day of competition at Rio 2016.

Said broke his left leg as he attempted to land a vault in the men's qualification event on Saturday.

The graphic nature of the injury resulted in widespread sympathy for Said, but the Frenchman - who has already undergone surgery - is now focused on making a full recovery and earning a medal when the next Olympics take place in Tokyo.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Said stated: "I am making this video to thank you for your support and all your messages. It warms the heart. It makes me feel good. It cheers me up.

"As you know, I have a tibia fracture. It is not so great. I needed to be operated on site. It went well. I shall be recovered in the near future.

"Everything went well, I am happy. I am going to support my friends now, because the competition is not over. By the way, look at my plaster: it is blue, white, red. Come on France! We have to support the athletes.

"To all of you, I send you kisses. And believe me, there will be a new adventure in 2020. When I am recovered, I will train hard. I will do everything to win this gold Olympic medal.

"Thank you again. I love you."

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