Second equestrian silver for Wells
September 4, 2012 16:02 pm
Great Britain's Sophie Wells has won her second silver medal of the Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park.
Wells, a member of the gold medal-winning British dressage team, produced a personal best score of 81.150% aboard Pinocchio in the Grade IV freestyle.
It was not enough for the title, though, as Belgium's Michele George and Rainman eclipsed them with her own personal best 82.100%.
The result was a repeat of the Grade IV individual championship two days ago, while Holland's Frank Hosmar and Alphaville claimed bronze.
Wells' medal took the British tally at Greenwich to nine, one behind their Paralympic record of four years ago, and there are two events still remaining.
Wells, 22, had been fired up to avenge her defeat on Sunday, but it was not to be as George - 15 years her senior - did just enough for double gold.
"I had to take some risks today to have a chance of beating Michele," said Wells, who is from Newark in Nottinghamshire. "Some of the risks paid off, some of them maybe didn't, but I am absolutely thrilled with my horse. He has coped like a star with the atmosphere."
Deb Criddle delivered the record-equalling 10th medal when she took silver in her freestyle section.
As in the individual championship, Germany's Hannelore Brenner dominated, winning gold on Women of the World after scoring 81.700%.
Taunton-based Criddle, though, finished second with LJT Akilles after posting a consistent 78.550%.
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