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Olympic Team GB gold medallist Katie Archibald to miss Games after freak garden accident

Team GB’s Katie Archibald has confirmed that she will miss this summer’s Olympic Games after breaking her leg in a freak garden accident.

Archibald took gold in both the 2016 and 2020 games, but will miss next month’s games after breaking two bones in her leg and tearing ligaments off the bone after tripping over a step in her garden.

She was preparing to compete in the team pursuit, madison and omnium for Great Britain, with the cycling squad scheduled to be announced on Monday, now Archibald has been informed that she will not be part of the team.

Explaining the incident in an Instagram post which showed the gold medallist in hospital, she wrote: “I tripped over a step in the garden and managed to, somehow, dislocate my ankle; break my tibia and fibula; and rip two ligaments off the bone. What the heck.

“That was on Tuesday, and since then I’ve been in full princess mode (assuming it took a full team of A&E doctors and nurses to get Cinderella’s foot back in line with the slipper).

“Had surgery yesterday to pin the bones back together and reattach the ligaments. Then hopefully this afternoon (Thursday) I’ll be going home. A hundred thank yous for the fabulous doctors, nurses, radiographers, porters, physios, surgeons and more at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

“A hundred apologies for what this means for the Olympic team, which I’ve been told won’t involve me. I’m still processing that bit of news, but thought I better confirm it publicly instead of leaving it to the grapevine (trip hazard and all that).”


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