Injured eventer improving after Olympic fall

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at the first horse inspection.
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at the first horse inspection. © Cealey Tetley

The condition of Canadian rider Hawley Bennett-Awad, who was thrown from Gin & Juice during the cross-country phase of the Olympic eventing competition at Greenwich Park on Monday, is improving.

Bennett-Awad fell at the third fence and suffered a concussion, which is improving, and a stable sacral fracture, according to Equine Canada president Michael Gallagher.

A sacral fracture is a break in the sacrum, a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine.

Bennett-Awad was taken to the Royal London Hospital by ambulance and admitted for observation and pain management.

“We will continue to monitor her progress,” Gallagher said.

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