Tragic Women’s History: Simone Montgomery is first female jockey to die during horse race

by jovan1984

Simone Montgomery (1986-2013) dies during Darwin Cup event, first woman to die in a horse race

DARWIN, Australia — Tragedy struck during the Darwin Cup.

Simone Montgomerie, 26, died after she fell from her mount, Riahgrand, and was trampled by a half-dozen other horses.

Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon said Ms. Montgomerie sustained “traumatic injuries” in the home straight.

She was treated by doctors at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital. She died at the hospital.

“It is with great regret that we were advised by the family that Simone passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dixon said. “Stewards agreed it was best to abandon the meeting in order to begin an investigation into this tragic event.”

As far as the Darwin Turf Club is concerned, she was our family, and we’re all devastated by this accident.”

Ms. Montgomerie won 27 times in 2012. She is the first female jockey killed while horse racing.

Ms. Montgomerie would have been 27 later this year.

I really hate to say this, but I really do not think that Australian horse racing will ever recover from this. Ms. Montgomerie’s death is the most devastating national tragedy in every word possible.

I had to hold back tears while writing this.

[Huffington Post Sports]

Missy Franklin sets new record in swimming

Dana Vollmer (left), Missy Franklin (right)

BARCELONA, Spain — It’s a new world record!

With the help from her allies on the US women’s swim team — Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano — Missy Franklin, 18, won her sixth gold medal in one sitting, becoming the first American woman, and the third American swimmer, to accomplish the feat.

“I still can’t really believe that it happened,” said Ms. Franklin.

She eclipsed the women’s record that had had been shared by Tracy Caulkins, who won five times at the 1978 worlds, and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.

“I knew I had to get out there for my team,” said Ms. Franklin. “We had really tough competition in that race, so we were sitting there in the ready room and we said, `No matter what happens, we’re just going to do our best and have fun and we can’t let each other down if we do that.’ So I just went out there and it hurt really, really bad, but now we’re done and we’re all super excited.”

Ms. Franklin stood above them all – although she was not even chosen the top female swimmer of the meet.

That award went to fellow American Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and set two world records. She edged out Ms. Franklin based on a formula that doesn’t count the relays and gives bonus points for world marks.

[Huffington Post Sports]