Great Britain grabs 50 medals following success in the dressage event
Charlotte Dujardin led Great Britain to its second dressage gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics following a spectacular ride in the individual event. Laura Bechtolsheimer won a bronze medal in the same event, which took Great Britain’s medal haul to a total of 50.
A crowd of 23,000 Britons cheered Charlotte Dujardin as she ran through Greenwich Park yesterday. Charlotte Dujardin, who rode last in the competition, recorded 90.089 aboard Valegro to defeat Netherlands Adelinde Cornelissen. The Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen had 88.196, which were enough to take her to a silver medal.
Around a year ago, Charlotte Dujardin was a rookie in the field. However, now Charlotte Dujardin has become only the fourth British athlete to win double gold medals in same Olympics. Charlotte Dujardin grabbed her first gold medal earlier this week in the team dressage event.
Laura Bechtolsheimer won the bronze medal following her run of 84.339 yesterday. Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer medals ensured Great Britain left the even with three dressage medals.
“I didn't really get nervous, it was my last performance and I just wanted to go out there and perform,” Charlotte Dujardin said. “We get to choose what we want to ride to but we have to check that it suits the horses, sometimes if it's too basey it can upset the horses so we have to make sure they are happy with it.
“I am very lucky to have my family's support. Financially it was hard for us to do it but after my mum's mum died we got a horse and it all started then.”
Briton Carl Hester grabbed fifth place in the dressage event. He scored of 82.857 aboard Uthopia.
“It's been an emotional and long year for us to keep the horses going,” Carl Hester said. “Without the horse, we're nothing. To keep two horses in this peak, to finish the top five at the Olympics is very hard and takes a lot of management.
“Every morning you walk out into the yard and think please, please, they'll be alright. We've had so much back-up. Thank goodness for the world-class team behind us and the lottery that helped us keep this thing going. We treat them as super athletes and I think they've repaid everybody with what they've done.
“I always said that she was the gold medallist. He is the best horse in the world. Uthopia doesn't quite have the energy for the last day; Valegro is just the consummate professional.”