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Britain wins Olympic gold in team dressage
By Nicole Winfield
02:10 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012

Britain ended Germany's domination of equestrian team dressage by winning the Olympic gold medal on Tuesday, adding to their first team show jumping gold in 60 years that it won a day earlier.

Germany took the silver and the Netherlands the bronze at London's Greenwich Park.

Germany has won every Olympic team gold in dressage since 1976, with the exception of the boycott year in 1980, and Britain has never won a dressage medal, period.

Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin gave the hosts their first-ever medal in a dressage event, while Germany won silver ahead of the Netherlands.

The hosts finished with 79.979 per cent, Germany had 78.216. The Dutch finished with 77.124.

Hester said that he had been dreaming of such a victory. "I know it is an old cliche, but this is the culmination of many years of dreaming about it and it finally happening.

"I told Charlotte (Dujardin) on the way down here that some people wish it would happen, some people think it will happen, and you're going to make it happen.

"She just goes in and does it like the true professional she is and like most of the athletes who have won gold for Britain. It has shot our sport into a totally different league," he said.

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