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Team GB's William Fox-Pitt drops out of individual medal contention

Team GB equestrian William Fox-Pitt drops out of contention for an individual medal following a run out during the cross-country event at the Rio Olympics.

Team GB equestrian William Fox-Pitt has dropped out of contention for an individual Olympic medal after suffering a run out during the cross-country event.

The 47-year-old, who is competing at the Games in Rio de Janeiro just 10 months after being placed in an induced coma following a fall, had trouble at Fence 20 onboard Chilli Morning.

Fox-Pitt, who was leading the way in the table, has taken full responsibility for the penalty as he recorded a total score of 67.40.

"I had a very good run, it's just annoying that I went past that third element," Fox-Pitt told reporters. "It was really unfortunate. It was my fault entirely. I went too quickly for him and there was no way I could turn him so he didn't do anything wrong. He is great. He is a lovely horse and to be riding him around the course is a luxury so I'm sad I have wasted it a bit.

"It isn't a pleasurable course to ride but this isn't a pleasurable day, it's a hard work day. Watching those first few horses, you could see it was asking tough questions all the way along and you could see most of them didn't come up with the answers. I hope he jumps well tomorrow.

"We'll be clutching at any chances we have got but we are not going to be in that enviable position of defending a gold medal so we are going to be doing our best and hope the horses feel good."

Fox-Pitt won silver in the team eventing at London 2012.

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Bronze medalist British William Fox-Pitt celebrates during the podium ceremony for the Jumping event of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, on August 31, 2014
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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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