Ben Maher wins gold for Team GB in individual showjumping
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 04/08/2021
Team GB’s Ben Maher has won gold in the individual showjumping.
The 38-year-old from Enfield had a tough battle for the Olympic medal, facing five other riders in a jump-off following a close final round.
Maher triumphed over silver medallist Peder Fredricson, of Sweden, by 17 hundredths of a second to take the title. Holland’s Maikel van der Vleuten won bronze.
Maher is Great Britain’s second successive Olympic showjumping champion following Nick Skelton’s success with Big Star in Rio five years ago.
He adds this gold to the team gold he won at London 2012 alongside Skelton, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.
This gold is Great Britain’s fifth equestrian medal in Tokyo, equalling the record haul achieved in London.
Maher’s win followed gold for the eventing team and Tom McEwen’s individual eventing silver, plus team dressage bronze and Charlotte Dujardin’s individual dressage bronze.
Fellow Britons Harry Charles and Scott Brash failed to win a medal in the individual event.
There was disappointment for Brash on Hello Jefferson following an immaculate jumping round, but one time penalty saw him miss out on the jump-off, ending his medal chances.
Charles, meanwhile, had four fences down on Romeo 88 and retired just before the end of his round.
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