King now sets sights on gold at Rio

31 July 2012 / 17:55

Mary King picked up a silver medal for Great Britain in the Olympic equestrian eventing team at the age of 51 - and then revealed she is desperate to carry on going for gold in four years time.

The mother-of-two added the team silver to the one she won in Athens and the team bronze in Beijing.

And it might have been an even better day for the woman who broke her neck 11 years ago in a riding fall but came back to be one of Britain's most decorated Olympians.

King admitted that in the individual showjumping competition she made a mistake by frightening her horse, Imperial Cavalier, by riding too close to the bronze statue of a lion before starting jumping.

King said: "Stupidly, I rode near it and it really frightened him, not surprisingly."

Imperial Cavalier promptly knocked down two of the first three fences to drop from the bronze medal position to fifth.

"When they rang the bell he was strong and a bit nervous," added King." I should have circled. It was a mistake I made."

King, however, has no intention of hanging up her riding boots just yet.

She said: "I hope to be in Rio. I have no visions of stopping yet. I love the sport. I am fit and healthy though getting old and I love it. You've got Mark Todd (who won bronze for New Zealand and is 56) even older than me and still loving the sport.

"My daughter (Emily) is keen to ride in my footsteps and her dream is for us to ride in the team together, although she may be a bit young for Rio."