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British rower in serious condition after accident

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A top British rower is in a serious condition in hospital after an accident in Seattle where she was studying.

Anna Thornton, who has been based at the University of Washington, is in a coma after falling down some stairs earlier this month, according to reports.

A statement from British Rowing said: “We are aware that Anna was involved in an accident in Seattle, USA in early November.

“Anna is currently studying at the University of Washington and is in a stable but serious condition.

“At this time our focus is on supporting her and her family in any way possible.

“Anna’s family has requested for their privacy to be respected at this time and further information will be provided when it is available.”

Ms Thornton, 21, first began rowing as a 12-year-old at Nottingham Rowing Cub and progressed quickly through the ranks.

She had success with GB’s juniors, having been ranked first at the U-18 GB Junior Team Trials two years running.

Ms Thornton represented Team GB at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

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