Delighted Dujardin savours victory
August 9, 2012 17:40 pm
British dressage star Charlotte Dujardin has started to reflect on the "unbelievable" experience of becoming a double Olympic gold medallist.
The 27-year-old is only the fourth British female athlete to win double gold at one Games after Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Laura Trott.
She won the dressage individual competition on Thursday afternoon on her brilliant 10-year-old horse Valegro, following the team gold of two days ago with her colleagues Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer.
Bechtolsheimer also won individual bronze aboard Mistral Hojris - Hester was fifth with Uthopia - to give British equestrian a record five medals at one Games following showjumping team gold and eventing team silver.
"That was unbelievable," Dujardin told Press Association Sport following the medal ceremony.
"It is always something I've known the horse could achieve, but I didn't really know how I was going to find the atmosphere and the expectation.
"But when I got that phone call (last month) to say I had made the team for London, I was so determined.
"Not many people are going to have the chance that I've had to get to the Olympics in a year and a bit of competing in grand prix. I wanted to go out there and enjoy it.
"All I could do was to do my best. Valegro was feeling tired, but he got in there and he gave his all."
Enfield-born Dujardin was the last rider to go, and she broke her third Olympic record in three separate London disciplines by scoring 90.089 per cent. It eclipsed Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival's score of 88.196 per cent, while Bechtolsheimer was third on 84.339 per cent.
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