Wilson bags bronze as Great Britain secure European eventing gold in Strzegom
Equestrian

Wilson bags bronze as Great Britain secure European eventing gold in Strzegom

20 August 2017 / 19:13
Nicola Wilson thought she was dreaming after claiming an individual bronze at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Poland, where her performance helped Great Britain win their first team gold in eight years.

Great Britain scored 113.9 in Strzegom, with Germany (123.0) in second place and Sweden (148.4) in third.  

British rider Wilson, on Bulana, took bronze in the individual event with a score of 35.5, with Germany's Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung taking gold and silver.

Wilson went into the show-jumping phase in fourth place, but 12 faults from third placed Sara Algotsson Ostholt guaranteed her a podium finish after she went clean in her round. 

"I think I'm still pinching myself," said the 40-year-old.

"I'm delighted with how Bulana has been this season and she's been a superstar all week. She's such a special horse and has just been fantastic these championships.

"I just can't thank everyone enough. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have her, she's a great friend."

Elsewhere in the individual standings, British stalwart Tina Cook finished fourth, with championship debutant Ros Canter fifth and Gemma Tattersall in eighth.

The German team had been in the gold medal position after the dressage event on Friday, before an impressive performance by Britain in Saturday's cross-country saw them lead going into the final show jumping phase. 

 

And with Wilson, Cook and Canter all putting in clear rounds, it was enough to secure Britain's first European team gold since the 2009 event in Fontainebleau, France – and Cook admitted their success had been a long time coming.

"We were really wanting that gold, it's been a few years and it's fantastic to be back in this position," said the 46-year-old.

"It's been such a strong team performance all week. There have been some amazing riders and horses here and our support team have just been so brilliant this week."

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