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Equestrian: Australia's Fredericks out of hospital

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Australia's Lucinda Fredericks has been released from hosptal after suffering a fall during an event in Hampshire, southern England, earlier this month the rider's website said Thursday.

The 45-year-old, who won an Olympic three-day event team silver medal with Australia at the Beijing Games in 2008, fractured her collarbone in four places and suffered six broken ribs following a cross-country fall at Tweseldown near Aldershot.

She subsequently underwent surgery, including the insertion of a plate in her collarbone, and spent two weeks in hospital.

"Since the operation on Tuesday, Lucinda has made huge progress to the point of being discharged today," said a statement on the Team Fredericks website.

"Lucinda is incredibly grateful to all the staff at Frimley Park Hospital who have looked after her so well."

Fredericks, based in the south-west English county of Wiltshire, has enjoyed solo success, riding Headley Britannia to victory at Britain's prestigious four-star events at Burghley and Badminton in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Born Lucinda Murray, she changed her nationality upon marrying Australian three-day eventer Clayton Fredericks -- also a member of the same silver medal-winning team in Beijing.

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