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Great Britain claimed the team title along with all the individual medals in the thrilling closing phase of the FEI Eventing European Championships 2021 at Avenches in Switzerland today.
Leading all the way from the outset, the team held firm when both Nicola Wilson (JL Dublin) and Piggy March (Brookfield Inocent) jumped clear while Kitty King (Vendredi Biats) collected just four faults to add to their tally. Fourth team member, Ros Canter, provided the drop score after yesterday’s cross-country phase, but today she was clear with her World Championship winning ride Allstar B who made nothing of the 12-fence showjumping track.
Finishing on a score of 73.1 they pinned the defending champions from Germany into
silver medal spot while Team Sweden sprang a surprise when moving up from overnight sixth place to take the bronze.
This was Britain’s 23rd team victory in the history of these Championships that date back to 1953, and the sixth time British riders claimed all the individual medals.
Gold went to Wilson, silver to team-mate March and bronze to individual competitor Sarah Bullimore (Corouet) whose clear round today saw her move up from fifth place when both Frenchman Maxime Livio (Api du Libaire) and German star Ingrid Klimke (SAP Hale Bob OLD) had a fence down.