A nail-biting finale to the dressage in Tokyo today saw Charlotte Dujardin secure her sixth Olympic medal when claiming individual position with Gio.
This is Charlotte’s sixth Olympic medal in total and is a new British record: she is now the female athlete with the most Olympic medals to her name (see table below).
It follows yesterday’s team bronze for Britain, as well as dual gold at London 2012 and team silver and individual gold in Rio.
Germany showed more of the class that secured their 14th team gold yesterday with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl winning individual gold aboard TSF Dalera, ahead of teammate Isabell Werth and Bella Rose 2 in silver.
Only the winner broke the 90 barrier, scoring 91.732%, while a total of 13 riders earned percentages in the 80s.
Isabell Werth finished on 89.657% ahead of Charlotte Dujardin on 88.543%.
Germany’s third rider, Dorothee Schneider, was the final rider into the arena and could have made it a German whitewash. However, mistakes from Showtime FRH in the canter pirouette and one-time changes were expensive, and 79.432% placed them 15th on the final leaderboard.
Britain’s Carl Hester piloted En Vogue into eighth with 81.818% while Lottie Fry and Everdale scored 80.614% for 13th.
Today’s Freestyle brings the dressage competition to a close. The eventing competition kicks off with the first horse inspection tomorrow.
Britain’s female medal tally
Two riders feature in the top eight female British athletes who have won Olympic medals: Charlotte and event rider Ginny Leng:
- Charlotte Dujardin (Equestrian): 3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze = 6 medals
- Dame Katherine Grainger (Rowing): 1 gold, 4 silver = 5 medals
- Kitty McKane (Tennis): 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze = 5 medals
- Laura Kenny (Cycling): 4 gold medals
- Becky Adlington (Swimming): 2 gold, 2 bronze = 4 medals
- Christine Ohuruogu (Athletics): 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze = 4 medals
- Ginny Leng (Equestrian): 2 silver & 2 bronze = 4 medals
- Joyce Cooper (Swimming): 1 silver & 3 bronze = 4 medals
Cyclist Laura Kenny has three shots at a medal in Tokyo, so the order of this table could change again in the next few days.
Main photo: British Equestrian/Jon Stroud Media
Read the riders’ reactions to the final standings here.