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Equestrian rider Andrew Nicholson undergoes neck surgery after fall

Rider Andrew Nicholson undergoes neck surgery in hospital after suffering a fall at the Festival of British Eventing on Sunday.

Rider Andrew Nicholson has undergone neck surgery after falling at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on Sunday.

The New Zealander, who has three Olympic team medals to his name, was on board Cillnabradden Evo when he suffered the fall.

The 54-year-old was taken to hospital in Swindon before being transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

On Tuesday, a statement from Nicholson's family was released to Horse & Hound, and it read: "Andrew underwent surgery to repair the injury to his neck.

"The surgery went well and his condition is stable. Andrew is comfortable and has full range of movement. His family would like to thank the many well-wishers."

Nicholson has also won three world titles in his career.

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Saturday's key events

· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

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· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

· Team GB's women try to make it two wins from two against hosts Japan (11.30am)
· Netherlands and Brazil, who scored 15 goals between them on matchday one, face off (12pm)
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