Medals Awarded in Team, Individual Paralympic Equestrian

Medals in both the team and individual para-dressage competition were awarded today.
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It was huge day of sport, with 39 combinations competing for individual honors as well as team points in Grades IV, III, and Ia, three individual championship medal ceremonies, three new champions, and, last but certainly not least, the overall team score.

The day got off to a spectacular start for all Belgians with Michele George and Rainman claiming the country’s first gold medal at London 2012, both Olympic and Paralympic and across all sports. Their achievement also goes down in the history books as the first equestrian gold medal for Belgium at a Paralympic Games since Para-Equestrian joined the program in 1996. Next came a stand-out performance from Germany’s Hannelore Brenner and Women of the World to retain their 2008 Paralympic title whilst in Grade Ia, Sophie Christiansen (GBR) did the home crowd proud with another brilliant test that was verging on perfection.

Meanwhile, as the day progressed, the team scores began to take shape. It was clear that Great Britain was on the road to gold and that unless things went terribly wrong, Germany was assured a silver. However bronze was up for grabs with the Danes, the Dutch, Belgium, and Ireland within inches of the podium. It was in the closing stages when Helen Kearney and Mister Cool, third last to go in Grade Ia, produced a brilliant test to earn a score of 76.700 taking not only individual silver but putting Ireland in third place on 428.313 with just over half a point on The Netherlands’ score of 428.253. Not only did she help Ireland secure their first team medal for a first team participation, she also secured Ireland’s first individual medal at equestrian events of a Paralympic Games since it joined the program.

Great Britain are the team title holders since 1996 and their score today set a new record at 468.817 followed by Germany on 440.970

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