Olympian hospitalised after brutal one-punch assault
Irish Olympian Jack Woolley, 22, has been hospitalised in Dublin after being punched in the face in a random attack.
Woolley competed at the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo and was assaulted “out of the blue” by a stranger, shortly after midnight on Saturday night.
He was taken to Dublin’s St. James’ Hospital for facial reconstructive surgery, as he share d the news from his hospital bed on his social media profile.
“Last night I went for a meal with my friend. Followed by a bar for a couple of drinks,” Woolley posted.
“Heading back along the River Liffey a gang of roughly 8-12 men and women in their 20s began violently attacking people along the boardwalk
“Unfortunately I was victim to these random attacks as I was just walking by before I was punched in the face by one of these group members.
“Only one punch and followed by ‘my mistake wrong person’ then they continued to run off down the road attacking more civilians minding their own business.
“Luckily I was able to phone an ambulance and stay conscious.
“My friends helped me throughout all over this and I’m glad to say they both are well and safe.”
Woolley added he would be undergoing surgery on his mouth.
According to local reports, police are investigating the assault.
The Irish Times stated: “One man, aged in his 20s, was conveyed to St James’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.”
“No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.”
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