Reed, front row, second from right, won gold at Rio 2016 as part of the men’s eight team

Triple Olympic rowing gold medallist Pete Reed is paralysed from below his chest after suffering a spinal stroke.

Reed, 38, won gold at three successive Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 – as well as at five World Rowing Championships.

He had been training for the Tokyo Games in 2020 but retired in 2018.

“There is a very small chance I will make no recovery and a very small chance I will make a full recovery,” he said in a post on Instagram.