Rio Paralympics: Britain Takes Command of Team Competition

Following Monday’s tests Great Britain leads the team competition, ahead of Belgium and Germany.

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Great Britain took control of the team competition at the Rio 2016 para-dressage on Monday, with London 2012 double gold medalist Sophie Christiansen winning the Grade Ia team test with a 77.522%. Riding Athene Lindebjerg, Christiansen scored the highest marks of the entire competition so far to beat team mate Anne Dunham into second place, with Germany’s Elke Philip in third.

“For her to go in that loud, atmospheric arena I was over the moon with her,” Christiansen said after her test. “And I’ve got a really bad cold today so I had to contend with that as well. It felt a bit tentative and it’s nice getting that score knowing that there’s more to come.”

Belgium’s Michèle George won the Grade IV team test in the morning, setting out to defend her two individual London 2012 titles in the process. Riding FBW Rainman, the current world champion scored 75.286% to finish just over half a percentage point ahead of Great Britain’s Sophie Wells. Frank Hosmar of the Netherlands was third.

“It felt great,” said George after her test. “I was very happy with my horse. When I came in he was a little bit under because there were a lot of things to see and he’s very sensitive to that, but I think the warmth was in my favor today. He was at 99.9% and not over the top and I really enjoyed my ride

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