Team silver and individual bronze for Fox-Pitt in Normandy

31 August 2014 / 19:49

William Fox-Pitt insisted he remained pleased with his medal haul at the World Equestrian Games despite missing out on the individual eventing title with bronze.

Fox-Pitt was leading the standings overnight with Great Britain in second heading into the showjumping finale.

However the 45-year-old and Chilli Morning knocked the second fence down on their round, leaving the door open for Germany’s Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo to take gold.

Silver went to defending world champion Michael Jung on back-up horse Fischerrocana FST with Germany also taking team gold ahead of Great Britain.

Zara Phillips and High Kingdom had earlier gone clear with Tina Cook and De Novo News knocking down two fences on their round.

But with Jung and Auffarth producing back-to-back clear rounds, team gold was out of Great Britain’s reach with only a clear round from Fox-Pitt keeping alive any hope of individual victory, something the pair were unable to do.

Despite failing short however Fox-Pitt insisted it was a relief to still come away with two medals after a taxing few days for Chilli Morning.

"I'm happy to have clung on to a medal," he said. "Chilli Morning had a fence down, which is a little bit frustrating, but he could have had two, he was leg-weary.

“He's a very good horse and he knows his job, and he certainly tried his best.

"It was a long cross-country track on soft ground and definitely you could feel he was looking forward to his holiday.

"I'd love to have won gold but I'm more relieved that I got bronze, than frustrated.”

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