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‘Real life nightmare’ German Olympics star in tears as horror event hands gold to Team GB

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Annika Schleu suffered heartbreak in the equestrian event of the modern pentathlon as her horse appeared to be spooked after entering the arena. The German Olympic star was holding a commanding lead in the gold medal spot heading into the penultimate event.

She held the equivalent of a 24-second lead after the fencing and swimming rounds.

But she went from first to last after disaster struck in the penultimate round of the modern pentathlon.

Riding Saint Boy for the equestrian event, Schleu could be seen welling up as the horse kept jumping around, appearing spooked by something.

The horse was refusing to co-operate despite Schleu’s best efforts to try and compose him.

Schleu eventually managed to get Saint Boy moving forward and looked as though she would be able to get around the full course after a few jumps.

But the horse bucked again with a few awkward clearances as Schleu slowly began to realise it wasn’t going to happen.

She ended up recording no points before bringing her routine to a reluctant end.

“This is hard to watch, hard to commentate on,” Heather Fell said on BBC.

She added the German was living a “real life nightmare”.

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