Olympic Eventer Out Of Action After Fall

Double Olympic Champion and reigning three-time European Champion Michael Jung from Germany will be bidding for a record fourth individual title at the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships, Strzegom, Poland (FEI/Jon Stroud)
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Olympic Eventer Out Of Action After Fall

Michael Jung, the Olympic Champion Eventer, has suffered injury and will be out of action after falling during the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers, France.

On Saturday (20 October), both Jung and his ride, Choclat, tumbled after an open ditch on the cross-country field.

Choclat walked away unharmed, however Jung was taken into hospital the next day. During Jung’s hospital visit, it was found he had sustained a broken humerus and had broken a piece off the socket of his shoulder joint.

In light of the situation, Jung commented;

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The fractures are so straight that surgery is not necessary and hopefully heal everything by itself. Now it’s patience and wait… which unfortunately doesn’t count to my strengths.”

Jung also reminisced on the event, praising Choclat’s “super” start, and contemplating the cause of the unfortunate fall;

Choc started super in the terrain and played with the tasks, but then it happened…A ditch built in front of a hedge, he couldn’t judge correctly, jumped in, so couldn’t jump right and we went down. Luckily, nothing happened to him. He looks good and runs great too.”

Jung’s injury prevents him from completing the competition on both Choclat and his other ride, Wild Wave Set. Despite an abrupt end to this year’s Young Horse World Championship, the eventer hopes to complete the competition on both his rides, in the coming year.

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[avatar user=”AbbyDickinson” size=”medium” align=”center” link=”file”]Everything Horse News Reporter, Abby Dickinson[/avatar]

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