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Irish gymnast Kieran Behan battles on despite suspected dislocated knee

Published 07/08/2016

Kieran Behan finished 38th in qualification for the men's all-around individual event in Rio
Kieran Behan finished 38th in qualification for the men's all-around individual event in Rio

Irish artistic gymnast Kieran Behan showed immense fortitude on Saturday after completing his final floor exercise in the men's all-around individual event at the Olympics despite suffering a serious knee injury during his routine.

The 27-year-old, born in London to Irish parents, failed to qualify for the finals of the six-discipline event in Rio after finishing 38th, with only the top 24 making it through.

But Behan, the second Irish gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games after Barry McDonald in 1996, reportedly dislocated his knee, sustaining the injury at the beginning of the floor exercise.

He carried on to complete the event and record a final score of 83.232, with the lowest qualification score 85.289.

Team Ireland told Press Association Sport: "Kieran Behan incurred an injury where he felt his knee pop and it is now in a locked position.

"He came back to the (athletes') village with physiotherapist Aidan Woods and has been assessed by the medics and is being treated."

Behan's injury came on the same day France's Samir Ait Said suffered a shocking broken leg during the qualification rounds for the men's gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Park on Saturday.

The 26-year-old landed badly on the vault and his left leg folded beneath him, b efore swinging loosely below the knee as he fell to the floor.

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