Graphic warning: Australian bull rider brutally trampled by bull at US rodeo

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A bull rider from Australia suffered life-threatening injuries when a bull threw him and stepped on his chest at the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming. 

Bradie Gray, a junior from Hallsville, Australia, was in critical condition yesterday but improving, according to a spokeswoman at Wyoming Medical Center.

Mr Gray suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs on Friday local time at the Casper Events Center, Odessa College coach C.J. Aragon told the Casper Star-Tribune. 

Mr Gray had no pulse when he arrived at the Wyoming Medical Center where he was placed in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator, Mr Aragon said.

Mr Gray was bucked off Frontier Rodeo's Levi the Boss and the bull stepped on his chest.

He was able to stand up and was pulled into a bucking chute where he was put on a backboard and taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Mr Gray, a junior at the college in Odessa, Texas, told the Star-Tribune on Wednesday that he was coming off his fifth serious injury of his college rodeo career.

He suffered a broken back as a freshman, twice broke his jaw, suffered a torn groin and earlier this year broke a collarbone. All the injuries occurred from bull riding.

He also spoke about his decision to come to the United States to compete.

"It's what I love," he said. "I've been bred to do it, so we're here to do it."

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