Top Dutch Olympic hope breaks leg

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July 9, 2008

Just days after winning the prestigious Grand Prix of Aachen, Dutch showjumper Albert Zoer has broken his leg and put his Olympic chances in jeopardy.

Zoer, 32, was schooling a young horse on Tuesday when he fell and broke his left leg. He was operated on later that day. His sister, Gina Zoer, said the operation went well with no complications. She said he was in pain and would be for a few days. He was expected to return home on Saturday.

"He is one of the pillars of the Orange quartet for the Olympic Games in Hong Kong," said the Royal Netherlands Equestrian Union. "It is too early to say whether he will be fully recovered in time (to participate)."

Zoer won the Grand Prix of Aachen on Sunday, with the KWPN gelding Sam, and thus claimed his second Grand Prix victory within two weeks.

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