Rio 2016 Paralympics: Lubbe, Pearson Lead After Day One
On a sweltering day in Deodoro, Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lubbe was the first to take the lead in the Rio 2016 para-equestrian dressage competition on Sept. 11, earning the top spot in the Grade III team test. Riding Donatello, the double Athens 2004 gold medalist scored 72.237% to finish ahead of The Netherlands’ Sanne Voets in second and Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen in third.
Lubbe’s victory was made even more impressive as it occurred during a period of competition which was regularly interrupted by bursts of fireworks from the neighboring town.
“I had a marvelous ride what with the noise and everything,” she said. “My trainer had told me to ignore everything and just ride, so I just rode. But he’s a very good horse too.”
Lubbe is appearing in her fourth Games, having first ridden in Sydney 2000. She didn’t ride in London 2012, but added, “It’s good to be back
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