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A German trainer was kicked out of the Olympics for appearing to hit a horse that refused to jump or trot in the modern pentathlon.
Coach Kim Raisner was heard on German television urging tearful athlete Annika Schleu to ‘really hit’ the horse while she struggled to control Saint Boy in the show jumping round of the women’s event on Friday.
Schleu had run the event before riding, where athletes only have 20 minutes to bond with a horse they have never ridden.
The governing body of modern pentathlon, UIPM, said it examined video footage that appeared to show Raisner – who competed in the 2004 Olympics in modern pentathlon – hitting the horse with his fist.
“His actions have been found to violate the UIPM competition rules, which apply to all recognized modern pentathlon competitions, including the Olympics,” the governing body said in a statement.
“The UIPM Executive Board [EB] gave Germany coach Kim Raisner a black card, disqualifying them from the rest of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“The EB’s decision was taken today at Tokyo Stadium ahead of the resumption of modern men’s pentathlon competition.”
Saint Boy is not one of the horses to be ridden in the men’s modern pentathlon competition on Saturday.
The horse cleared just four hurdles before crashing into the fifth, then repeatedly refused to jump, knocking out Schleu with zero points as he had earlier done to another competitor, Gulnaz Gubaydullina.