Four years after winning gold in London 2012, British star Charlotte Dujardin won a second gold medal today, as the Olympic dressage came to a thrilling conclusion in Rio.
Dujardin and Valegro looked confident from the start as they performed their new Tom Hunt-composed routine. Valegro seemed as energetic and enthusiastic as he had at the start of his Rio journey, skipping joyfully through the required movements with ease.
Scores of 10s came in throughout the test, in particular for the flying changes and, in the collectives, for the ‘Harmony between horse and rider’ and the choreography. Their score of 93.857% was only half a percent shy of their own world record, set at Olympia in 2014.
Taking home the individual silver medal was Germany’s Isabell Werth with her 11 yro mare Weihegold Old. The pair had led the standings after the Grand Prix Special on Friday, but today’s score of 89.071% wasn’t enough to catch the British pair.
In bronze was Kristina Broring-Sprehe, who scored 87.142% with Desperados FRH.
Just missing out on the medals was the USA’s Laura Graves, who produced a very good score of 85.196% with Verdades.
Two days of showjumping competition will start tomorrow.