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GB Olympic hero Reed paralysed from chest down after spinal stroke

GB Olympic hero Reed paralysed from chest down after spinal stroke
By Eurosport

31/10/2019 at 16:17Updated 31/10/2019 at 16:29

Olympic rowing champion Pete Reed has revealed he is paralysed from the chest down after suffering a rare spinal stroke.

Reed, 38, won gold in the coxless four for Britain at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 before switching to the men’s eight in Rio and adding a third Olympic crown.

He admitted there was a "very small chance" he would make a full recovery, with doctors unsure what caused his stroke.

A spinal stroke occurs when the blood supply to the spinal cord is disrupted.

Scott Durant, Tom Ransley, Andrew Hodge, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Matt Langridge, William Satch and Phelan Hill

Scott Durant, Tom Ransley, Andrew Hodge, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Matt Langridge, William Satch and Phelan HillGetty Images

"Much more likely it will be somewhere in between. To what extent depends on the extent of the damage (which we can’t see) and how well I rehab.

"All the other news is great. My arms are still strong and my brain is still as average as it ever was."

Reed also won five gold medals and three silver medals at the World Championships.

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