Gymnastics: Frenchman Samir Ait Said back in the sport after horrific broken leg at Rio Olympics

French gymnast Samir Ait Said is back in training after a horrific double-leg break at the Rio Olympics.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The horrific image of his broken leg, dangling loosely after an awkward landing fractured both the tibia and fibula in his left leg, was the only thing spectators remembered him for at last year's Olympic Games.

But a mere nine months later, France's Samir Ait Said will now be known as the inspirational gymnast who is performing somersaults again.

In a video put online by the Olympic Channel on Tuesday, the 27-year-old was shown on his road to recovery, from slow halting steps in recovery to a successful somersault in training.

The injury had ended his Olympic dreams in Rio de Janeiro last August, another blow for the gymnast from Antibes who missed the 2012 London Games owing to a knee injury.

Just a day after the injury, Ait Said promised that a go at the next Olympics, to be held in Tokyo in 2020, remained firmly on the cards. He said from his hospital bed that he planned to make a run for Olympic gold. The rings specialist was shown walking with the aid of a crutch just two days after his fall, and was back training in the gym less than a month later.

His first forward jump came in March this year, before completing a front flip and landing after a double somersault on May 19, 286 days after his injury in Rio.

The Olympic Channel posted the video of his road to recovery with the hashtag #NeverGiveUp.