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Kazakh rider hospitalized in pentathlon spill

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Tragedy rocked the Asian Games on Tuesday when a horse died from a neck injury following a spill that left rider Galina Dolgushina of Kazakhstan hospitalized.

Dolgushina was close to completing the course in the equestrian portion of the women's individual modern pentathlon when she was suddenly thrown forward and pinned by the horse's body after it caught a hoof between two railings.

The unconscious rider was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where her condition was later upgraded to stable and she was able to talk to her father, according to the International Union of the Modern Pentathlon.

Immediately prior to the spill Dolgushina appeared to be having difficulty handling the horse, which twice failed to jump over the course barrier and repeatedly kicked at other obstacles.

Gravely injured, the horse was examined by veterinarians behind an improvised screen that shielded the scene from the large crowd.

The horse's carcass was loaded into a van and removed from the venue at 4:25 pm. The interruption lasted about 40 minutes before the competition was resumed.

Tan Yongqiang, secretary-general of the modern pentathlon discipline, confirmed the horse was not euthanized but expired as a result of its injuries.

The animal was a nine-year-old retired racehorse presented by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to Guangzhou for the Asiad.

Guangzhou's Bilture Horsemanship Club helped with its training.

All horses in the competition were required to pass four physical examinations beforehand, according to Li Chungang, competition manager of the modern pentathlon arenas at the Guangzhou Olympic Center.

The accident stirred memories of the 2006 Doha Asiad, where a Korean rider and his horse were killed in a crash.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Kazakh rider hospitalized in pentathlon spill

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Kazakh rider hospitalized in pentathlon spill

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.