Maher edges out Skelton to claim Grand Prix victory

08 June 2013 / 20:55

Olympic champion Ben Maher held his nerve to claim a thrilling victory at the Global Champions Tour in London.

Maher edged out British rival Nick Skeleton, a fellow team gold medallist at last year's Olympics, after a ten-rider jump-off.

The 30-year old, riding grey mare Celia, finished just 0.01 seconds ahead of veteran Skelton and Big Star, the 55-year old admitting his performance was too cautious.

"I took every risk and you need to do that to get on the podium at this level," said Maher.

"I had nothing to lose and just went for it. The crowd was amazing, it was like being back at the Olympics."

Portugal's Luciana Diniz heads the overall standings after four of the 15 events in the season long series, with Michael Whitaker the top placed British rider in sixth.

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