Team GB and Welsh decathlete Ben Gregory is fighting for his life following a serious bike crash this weekend.
Gregory, 31, has fractured his skull and neck and has suffered multiple brain haemorrhages, according to his partner Naomi Heffernan.
Speaking on her Instagram story, she said: “He’s in a coma and on life support.
“Ben needs your positive thoughts and prayers right now. Those that know Ben know how strong he is mentally and physically, he’s a fighter and he’ll get through this.
British decathlete Ben Gregory in coma after serious bike crash
Ben @bengregz was hit by a car on Friday and now on life support and a coma. He’s the energy that we all love on the team. Sending all my prayers to you to fight this one .. you’ve got this Ben xxxx 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/SVo2zzqDKj
— Kelly (@KellySotherton) August 21, 2022
“Please pray for him and send all the positive energy and thoughts you can muster.”
“I’ve never felt so scared, hopeless and sick to the stomach. Ben needs your positive thoughts and prayers right now.”
The 31-year-old has also represented Wales three times at the Commonwealth Games and is a former national champion.
Gregory competed at Delhi in 2010, Glasgow in 2014, and more recently at the Gold Coast.
Former British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton wrote on Twitter that Gregory was hit by a car on Friday.
Heffernan added on Instagram: “I’ll hopefully know more on Monday when they put a sedation hold on him, his reaction to that will say which way this is going to go.
“This is going to be a long road to recovery but I know how much love and support he has from his friends and family and I have every faith he’s going to pull though.
“He has so much to live for and that will get him through this. Thank you.”
Sending my 🙏to @bengregz one of the nicest and genuine individuals I have ever had the privilege of knowing, keep fighting pal, we are all praying for you
— james williams (@jwilliams1500) August 20, 2022
Welsh Athletics chief executive James Williams wrote on Twitter: “Sending my (prayers) to @bengregz one of the nicest and (most) genuine individuals I have ever had the privilege of knowing, keep fighting pal, we are all praying for you.”
My thoughts and prayers 🙏 go out to former decathletes and all round good guy @bengregz who has been involved in a serious accident while riding his bike. He is fighting for his life and needs our positive thoughts at this time. 🤞💪 pic.twitter.com/LzlL9moNeQ
— Shaun Pickering (@ShaunDPickering) August 21, 2022
Former Welsh shot putter, Shaun Pickering added: “My thoughts and prayers go out to former decathletes and all round good guy @bengregz who has been involved in a serious accident while riding his bike. He is fighting for his life and needs our positive thoughts at this time.”