Bendigo out of Olympics

BENDIGO is out of the London 2012 equestrian after rider Clayton Fredericks fell during last night’s cross country.

Fellow Australian Sam Griffiths fell during the second phase of the three day event, with the five member team falling to sixth in the rankings.

Australia was coming second after the dressage.

Both Australian riders fell between jumps, leaving coach Brett Mace shocked.

"Everyone's shaking their heads at how it happened," he told The Age.

"There's not a lot you can say, but they still did a great job. The two that fell were riding very well, they didn't make mistakes at the fence, they slipped."

Fredericks’ wife Lucinda, Olympic stalwart Andrew Hoy and Chris Burton will tonight compete in the showjumping.

Burton is 10th, Hoy is 15th and Lucinda Fredericks is 43rd.

The Australian Opals were also in action  last night, losing to France 70-74.

An incredible half-court goal by Belinda Snell in the dying seconds forced the match into overtime but France ultimately snatched victory.

Bendigo's Kristi Harrower scored seven points while captain Lauren Jackson scored 13 and was fouled out of the match. Suzy Batkovic top scored for the Opals with 17 points.

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