In another disappointing loss for the French men's team, world still rings finalist Samir Aït-Saïd will miss the 2012 Olympic Games because of the knee injury suffered Saturday at the European championships in Monptellier.
Samir Aït-Saïd (France)
He will undergo surgery and is expected to be out of competition for six months, the French Gymnastics Federation said Monday.
Aït-Saïd crashed a Dragulescu vault during Saturday's team final in Monptellier, injuring his right tibial plateau. He landed the vault on his face and knees, scoring a 0.00 and dropping France to last place in the team final.
Aït-Saïd, 22, finished seventh on still rings at the 2009 World Championships in London. He was the silver medalist on still rings at the 2010 European Championships and runner-up on vault at the 2011 Europeans. He had advanced to both finals in Montpellier, finishing first on still rings and second on vault in Thursday's qualifications.
The French men have been plagued by injury of late. France already lost 2010 world vault champion Thomas Bouhail, whose broken leg from December may end up a career-ending injury. 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Benoit Caranobe hasn't been able to return to top form after rupturing his Achilles' tendon in 2010.
French team captain Yann Cucherat also was forced to withdraw from the European championships after injuring two fingers on parallel bars in qualification. The injury may keep him out of the upcoming French championships in Nantes but is not expected to prevent Cucherat from competing in London, his fourth Olympic appearance.
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