Jack Woolley is lucky to be alive and is currently recovering from facial reconstructive surgery after he said he was assaulted while out in Dublin over the weekend.
The Irish Olympian, who competed in taekwondo at the Tokyo Olympics, posted a series of photos to Instagram showing the 22-year-old’s bloody face following the incident.
“Last night (Friday 13th August) I went for a meal with my friend,” Woolley captioned the photos. “Followed by a bar for a couple of drinks. 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 bye 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.”
“He said he was okay, and he’s going to get some sleep… we’re hoping that they’ll let him out today,” his mother told The Irish Times.
Woolley represented Ireland in taekwondo at the 2020 Olympics, but was eliminated in his opening fight against Argentinean Lucas Guzman in the 58kg division.