Team GB win showjumping gold

Great Britain has won its first Olympic showjumping gold in 60 years in a dramatic battle with the Netherlands.

Following the standard team competition both sides were tied on eight penalty points and therefore a jump-off was the only way to settle the medals.

Taking place over a shortened course of eight jumps, the British team of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Peter Charles managed to keep their cool and put in a clear round. After two Dutch riders failed to put in a perfect display it meant gold belonged to the Brits.

Pippa Funnell, a past Olympic medallist and BBC Sport commentator said: “It shows how many wonderful horses there are out there, and let’s not forget the horses. The riders are quite brilliant, but the horses, the athletes themselves, really were at their best.”

The bronze medal was awarded to Saudi Arabia as a record numbers of spectators, including many staying at central London hotels, watched at the venue in Greenwich.

It was Britain’s first Olympic showjumping medal since 1984 and the first gold since the Helsinki Games in 1952.

Skelton, Maher and Scott Brash will now take part in Wednesday’s individual final and will be hoping again to be on the medal podium.

There was also medal success for British gymnast Beth Tweedle on the uneven bars. The 27-year old finally won a bronze medal in her third Olympics.

“Everyone kept saying to me, ‘You’re a great champ, it doesn’t matter what happens today.’ I kept trying to tell myself that but I knew if I walked out of here without a medal, I’d have been really disappointed,” Tweddle told BBC Sport.

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