Team GB takes bronze in the dressage team final in Tokyo as impeccable favorites Germany meander to victory again and the USA take silver… but Charlotte Dujardin wins a record-equaling fifth Olympic medal
Team GB again took bronze in Tokyo after three fine performances in the dressage team final – and Charlotte Dujardin won a record-equivalent fifth medal.
The eventual winners were the acclaimed favorites at the Tokyo Equestrian Center and rightfully claimed the title with 8,178 points.
The US took 7747, while Great Britain finished third after scoring a total of 7723.
The three German riders delivered inspired runs to take the gold medal in team dressage
Team GB and Charlotte Dujardin (above) were picked to the silver medal by the US in Tokyo
Dujardin delivered an impressive run on her Mount Gio, but has so far failed to become the first British woman to win gold in three Olympics in a row.
However, the medal did see her move alongside Dame Katherine Grainger as Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.
Carl Hester took the sport’s biggest podium with confidence atop En Vogue, scoring 78.344% with the young horse to keep Britain firmly in the game.
Carl Hester and En Vogue starred on Britain’s first outing to throw them into battle
The experienced Hester and his 12-year-old gelding enjoyed a flying start and were treated to eights and nines.
Although the second part of the test took a little dip, their final pirouette and one-tempis completed the great result.
“That was cool,” Hester said. “I had a great balance with En Vogue, and I feel like he came here as a boy and he went in there as a man.
“It still feels like he’s one of the best horses you could ever sit on. He is great.
The experienced Hester and his young mount closed a nice result with their late pirouette
“We’ve always known he’s so talented, and I just waited for the right ride so I could prove what we know we think he is.”
The 2012 London winners took second in the standings after the opening round, behind a dominant Germany, before Charlotte Fry took the spotlight at Everdale.
On her Olympic debut, Fry scored 76.854 percent and temporarily brought Team GB back to the top before world No. 1 Isabell Werth starred with Bella Rose.
By doing so, Fry and an extravagant Everdale boosted hopes that Britain would win a medal, and she insisted that her horse “test his heart” and give me “everything.”
Charlotte Fry and Everdale came second in the spotlight and temporarily moved Team GB upstairs naar
Everdale had made a costly mistake after starting at a gallop early in the trial, bringing the numbers down from eights to fours, but a cold-blooded Fry kept her horse on track.
Reigning individual dressage champion Dujardin performed after the break with Gio, a horse largely inexperienced on the international stage.
They scored 79.54 percent, putting them second behind the United States after their stellar final ride, but Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl was almost clear.
That saw Germany take the gold, with the US behind them in silver and Team GB taking bronze.