Charlotte Dujardin turned Nice Britain’s most adorned feminine Olympian by successful the bronze medal in a tense particular person dressage occasion at Tokyo 2020.
Dujardin, 36, confronted a nervous wait to see whether or not Dorothee Schneider would surpass her mark of 88.543% within the last run of the day however the German rider couldn’t deny her a sixth Olympic medal.
Dujardin’s run of successive Olympic titles from 2012 and 2016 got here to an finish, as Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl scored 91.732% to beat compatriot Isabell Werth into silver on 89.657%.
However her haul of three gold medals, one silver and two bronze strikes her away from the 5 medals received by rower Katherine Grainger and tennis participant Kathleen McKane Godfree.
“It’s thoughts blowing,” Dujardin instructed BBC Sport. “To suppose I’ve achieved all of that. It is simply so surreal.”Being stage with Katherine Grainger was adequate, and now I’ve crushed her. It is unbelievable, and I can truthfully say I’m happy with myself.”
Germans denied clear sweep
Gold medallist Von Bredow-Werndl executed a masterful show on her Olympic debut, guiding her horse TSF Dalera meticulously to the soundtrack of hit 2016 movie ‘La La Land’.
In taking silver, Werth secured her twelfth Olympic medal – extending her document as the game’s most adorned competitor – and Von Bredow-Werndl was visibly emotional at beating her compatriot into second.
And had Schneider overtaken Dujardin to disclaim the Briton her record-breaking medal she would have secured an all-German podium within the occasion for the primary time since 1992.
Additional down the sector, Crew GB’s Carl Hester – himself a three-time Olympic medallist within the crew occasion – positioned eighth aboard En Vogue, whereas Olympic debutant Charlotte Fry was thirteenth on Everdale.
Dujardin eyes extra historical past
Dujardin’s success at earlier Video games had come aboard the now-retired Valegro, a horse immortalised with a statue in Dujardin’s hometown of Newent in Gloucestershire.
Her new mount – named Gio however nicknamed Pumpkin after arriving in her steady round Halloween – stood up admirably to the difficult Tokyo warmth and the strain of an Olympic occasion.
“As you possibly can see I’ve a brand new dancing companion in Gio and my little pocket rocket has a coronary heart of gold,” Dujardin stated.
“He gave all the things and I’m so overwhelmed. I used to be actually throwing him from one factor to a different factor, and he simply retains going. What he has accomplished right here is phenomenal.”
Dujardin’s mark of six medals may nonetheless be challenged by bicycle owner Laura Kenny at Tokyo 2020.
However given team-mate Hester – who has helped mentor her to success within the sport – remains to be competing on the age of 54, Dujardin seemingly nonetheless has time so as to add to her personal historic medal tally.
her bronze medal, she instructed BBC Sport she would be capable to assist her younger horse develop by Paris 2024, including: “There’s a lot extra to come back. I do know this won’t be this color however one other color.”