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A TEAM GB athlete is in a coma after fracturing his skull in a horrific bicycle accident.
Welsh decathlete Ben Gregory, 31, “has a fractured skull, neck and multiple haemorrhages in the brain,” according to his fiancee Naomi Heffernan.
Ben Gregory celebrates winning the men’s 1500m decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Naomi revealed Ben was on life support after Friday’s accident.
Gregory’s fiancé shared a heartbreaking update on his condition.
In a heartbreaking post, he said Gregory was now in a coma and on life support and reported that he had been hit by a car on Friday.
He added in a social media post: “Ben needs positive thoughts and prayers from him right now.
“Those who know Ben know how strong he is mentally and physically, he is a fighter and he will get through it.
“Please pray for him and send all the positive energy and thoughts you can muster.
“I hope he finds out more on Monday when they put him on a sedative, his reaction to that will tell which way this goes.
“This is going to be a long road to recovery, but I know how much love and support she has from her friends and family and I have every faith that she will pull through.
“He has a lot to live for and that will get him through this.”
Just a few days before, Gregory uploaded pictures of himself doing his steps on a treadmill, showing off his impressive physical condition.
Welsh Athletics director James Williams shared his wishes for Gregory’s recovery on Twitter.
Welsh Athletics said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s friends and family at this time.
“Ben’s achievements as an athlete speak for themselves: Welsh’s best decathlonist – three Commonwealth Games, Welsh record holder and representative for Wales and Great Britain on multiple occasions.
“The outpouring of support on social media is a testament to how popular he is as a person and as an athlete.
“Everyone who has had the privilege to train or compete alongside Ben will speak of his incredible love for life, his kindness, support and loyalty.
“We will all continue to pray for a full recovery for Ben.”
“I hope he recovers,” said fellow Welshman and former 400m hurdles world champion Dai Greene. “One of the nicest and most positive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being on the track with.”
Another Welsh athlete and decathlete, Curtis Mathews, said: “He is a very special man, he brings joy to everyone around him and deserves nothing less than the best in life. I can’t describe how much I hope this champion comes through because he, honestly, he is the best of us.”
Gregory has represented Wales at three Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at other events as well.
In October 2020, Gregory managed to escape serious injury in another bike accident.