Triple Olympic rowing gold medallist Reed paralysed after spinal stroke

Three-time Great Britain Olympic champion Pete Reed has revealed he is currently paralysed from the chest down after suffering a stroke last month.

The rower, who won gold medals in the coxless four at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and in the eight another four years on in Rio, retired from the sport last year.

He announced in a video on Instagram earlier this month the "shocking news" that he had suffered a rare spinal stroke, and has now provided a further update on his condition.

He wrote on the same social network: "Doctors can't be certain what caused my stroke. It was in the middle of my spine so I'm currently paralysed beneath my chest.

"There is a very small chance I will make no recovery and a very small chance I will make a full recovery. 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."

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