Bordeaux - World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse
sustained "multiple facial fractures" after a vicious late-night
attack in the southwest Gironde region of France last weekend.
Bosse, 25, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he
was the "victim of a violent attack" while on holiday and had been
"brutally assaulted by three individuals".
He said he had suffered "unspeakable psychological
damage" as a result of the incident and had been forced to put an early
end to his season.
"Me who has always loved people, I love three less of
them today," Bosse wrote.
A police investigation is continuing after a complaint was
filed, with authorities still on the hunt for the assailants.
According to the website of the Sud Ouest newspaper, the
attack occurred at around 04:00 on Sunday morning in the car park of the
Bosse had reportedly spent the night out with friends when
he was approached by the three people, posing for a photo alongside them before
events turned sour.
At the world championship final in London this month Bosse
produced a stunning burst with 150m to go to give France their first-ever gold
in the 800m.