A German coach has been disqualified from the Olympics after punching a horse in the modern pentathlon.
Kim Raisner was left frustrated after the horse, named Saint Boy, refused to jump for athlete Annika Schleu.
According to Reuters, the German used her fist to strike the animal above its back leg, before telling its rider to do the same and to “really hit” it.
Prior to the show jumping round, Schleu had been leading the standings in the women’s event, but after randomly picking Saint Boy things started to go wrong.
Athletes in the event have never ridden their selected horses before and are only given 20 minutes to bond with them.
After initially struggling to get Saint Boy into the area, it then completely gave up after hitting the fifth hurdle, leaving the 31-year-old athlete in tears.
The actions of Raisner, who competed in the 2004 Olympics, saw her withdrawn from Saturday’s events, which included the men pentathlon.
Germany’s Olympic team chief Alfons Hoermann stated a review would take place to establish what really occurred on Friday.
He said: “We were all in agreement that the coach will not be at the competition on Saturday.
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“We also consider that an urgent review of the incident is necessary, especially in terms of animal protection, and that the national and international federations draw their conclusions.”
Schleu ended finishing in 31 st place, whilst Team GB’s Kate French came top with a score of 1385.
Meanwhile, Joe Choong won Britain’s first ever gold in the men’s event.
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