GOLD – Dujardin and Valegro show us how it’s done

This time it’s two on the (extended) trot for Charlotte Dujardin as the 27 year old also joins the elite group of Team GB women to win two golds in the Olympics. After a fantastic result in the team dressage earlier this week it was time for Team GB to go against each other in the individual dressage competition today.  Laura Bechtolsheimer was the first to find herself on the medal table, holding onto the gold position for a good while before Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen ended her test on a giant score of 88.196% and headed straight into the top spot.  It would take a lot of beat a score that huge and gold looked like a certain for Cornelissen, but then Charlotte and Valegro entered the arena.

It looked shakey for a moment or two, with Valegro getting a little tense in one of the final pirouettes, but that didn’t seem to bother the judges with Charlotte finishing on a huge 90.098%, beating her own PB and securing her the second gold medal of the Games.  Laura  Bechtolsheimer and Mistral also did themselves and Team GB proud by adding a Bronze to their Team Gold medal with Carl Hester (Charlotte Dujardin’s coach) picking up 5th place on Utopia.

Well Done Charlotte and Valegro!

 

FQ

Images from (top) http://www.zimbio.com/pictures and (bottom) http://www.eurodressage.com  (thanks!)

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