After striking a horse, Germany’s modern pentathlon trainer was disqualified.
Kim Raisner, Germany’s modern pentathlon trainer, was disqualified after crashing with a horse and will not partake in Saturday’s men’s individual race at the Tokyo Olympics.
The UIPM Executive Board (EB) has granted a black card to Germany team trainer Kim Raisner, disqualifying her from the rest of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to a statement from the Modern Pentathlon Federation (UIPM). “During the Riding component of the Women’s Modern Pentathlon competition, the EB examined video evidence that showed Ms. Raisner seeming to hit the horse Saint Boy, ridden by Annika Schleu (GER), with her fist.”
Modern pentathletes compete for medals in 5 different sports, but they do not ride their own horses in the showjumping competition. Riders get 20 minutes to warm up with a horse that is chosen at random.
Schleu had a 24-second advantage over the rest of the competition heading into the showjumping round. Saint Boy, on the other hand, began misbehaving, bucking, and ultimately refusing to perform any jumps. According to Reuters, Raisner instructed the rider to “really strike it, hit” Saint Boy,
which could be heard live in Germany, and even struck the horse once above the rear of the leg.
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