Things didn't go well for equestrian William Fox-Pitt at Rio Olympics, but the internet had a lot of love for him


Luck wasn't on William Fox-Pitt's side in Rio.

Even though he produced a stunning performance on day one of the Olympics eventing competition in Deodoro, 47-year-old finished 12th in the individual event with his horse Chilli Morning.

William Fox-Pitt, of Great Britain.
(John Locher/AP)

And with the eventers (British quartet of Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell, Kitty King and Gemma Tattersall) finishing fifth, it meant Team GB failed to win an Olympic team medal for the first time since the Atlanta Games 20 years ago.

However, when you think just 10 months ago, the former world number one was in an induced coma after suffering head trauma following a fall at the World Young Horse Championship, Fox-Pitt is nothing short of an inspiration.

The internet was full of love for the equestrian:

Speaking after the event, Fox-Pitt bemoaned a lack of luck.

"It was really great to finish on a good note after the disappointment of Monday," said he said, who made the top-25 individual final on Chilli Morning, but his team-mates all missed out.

"With a bit more luck, we would have been up there. We just didn't have that luck with us.

William Fox-Pitt.
(David Davies/PA)

"It is a very up and down sport, and we had a down day yesterday. It was very, very expensive and very disappointing.

"But it is very exciting for the future with the young horses we have in what is a very strong team. Maybe it is going to be Tokyo 2020 for us. I keep on dreaming.

"You need that bit of luck on the day, and we didn't have it."