Germans Clinch Double Gold in Olympic Eventing

Team Germany claimed both the team and individual gold medals in London today.
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Team Germany repeated their 2008 Olympic medal-winning performance when claiming eventing team and individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich Park today. Such was their supremacy that they clinched the team title even before their last rider went into the ring, and Michael Jung set a new record in equestrian sport when becoming the first-ever event rider to hold Olympic, European, and World titles at the same time–what a way to celebrate his 30th birthday.

The battle for silver and bronze was waged between Great Britain, Sweden, and New Zealand, and it was the host nation that was eventually rewarded with silver while the Kiwis claimed the bronze.

It seemed that Sweden might be compensated for being pushed off the team medal podium when Sara Algotsson Ostholt went into the individual final as sole leader after Germany’s Ingrid Klimke left two fences on the floor in this morning’s team medal decider. But a last-fence error saw the Swede having to settle for silver, while Jung showed his extraordinary class to clinch the gold, with his team-mate Sandra Auffarth securing individual bronze in equally convincing fashion.

The 12-fence track for the team competition was not overly big, but with plenty of twists and turns and a tight time-allowed of 83 seconds it asked plenty of questions after the previous day’s tough cross-country challenge

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