Olympic coach disqualified for punching horse

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By , Audacy Sports

An Olympic coach from Germany was disqualified on Saturday -- after she went full "Blazing Saddles" on an uncooperative horse.

Kim Raisner, coach of Germany's modern pentathlon team, was suspended for the balance of the Tokyo Games after she slugged one of her athletes' horses, named Saint Boy.

The five-stage pentathlon event includes a variety of different competitions, including show jumping, as well as running, fencing, swimming and shooting.

One of Raisner's athletes, Annika Schleu, was the overall leader in the pentathlon event before she encountered difficulty with Saint Boy, who reports said was bucking and misbehaving during warmups, and then refused to jump for the actual event.

Schleu, apparently feeling her medal chances slipping away, started crying and let out a loud scream in the empty stadium, prompting Raisner to assist.

Raisner then punched the distressed animal in his rear left leg with a closed fist, and encouraged Schleu to "really hit" him. The punch and Raisner's comments were caught by cameras, sparking outrage on social media.

Raisner was promptly suspended from coaching in Saturday's men's pentathlon event.

"We were all in agreement that the coach will not be at the competition on Saturday," said Germany's Olympic team chief, Alfons Hoermann.

"We also consider that an urgent review of the incident is necessary, especially in terms of animal protection, and that the national and international federations draw their conclusions," he added.

Horses are drawn at random in the competition, meaning the athletes have little time to work with them.

Two other athletes who were within the top 10 in the competition also had uncooperative horses, sending them far down the rankings in the overall pentathlon event.

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