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William Fox-Pitt completes comeback from coma to lead Rio 2016 eventing

William Fox-Pitt takes the individual lead in the eventing dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympics, just 10 months after being placed in an induced coma following a fall.

William Fox-Pitt has taken the individual lead in the eventing dressage at Rio 2016, just 10 months after being placed in an induced coma following a fall.

The 47-year-old Great Britain competitor suffered a head trauma in a cross-country fall last October and only returned to action in April.

Despite the incident, Fox-Pitt led with a dressage score of 37.0 penalties after the opening day at the Olympics in Rio on his 2015 Badminton Horse Trials winner, Chilli Morning.

Fox-Pitt told BBC Sport: "I'm lucky to be here. It was very special riding into the arena today. This is my fifth Olympics, they've all been useless! It would be great if this one went well."

Britain lie third behind Germany and Australia in the team competition.

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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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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States13141037
ChinaChina136928
JapanJapan134522
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia810725
AustraliaAustralia821020
Great BritainGreat Britain57618
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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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