They have done it again. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro put in a superb performance to retain their individual gold in Rio. With an extraordinary score of 93.857%, the pair finished more than 4.7 percentage points ahead of runner-up Isabell Werth, who conquered her tenth Olympic medal aboard with Weihegold Old.
Competition from Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados — who, after the last Europeans, were considered the greatest threat to British gold hopes—never felt very fierce, even though the German combination produced a beautiful test to gain 87.142% and end in bronze.
But Dujardin and Valegro were simply foot-perfect in their test, performed to a brilliant, rousing score developed for Rio, to earn their second individual Olympic gold.
The other Brits in the competition also achieved creditable results, with Carl Hester and Nip Tuck finishing in seventh place with 82.553% and Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia in 17th with 76.018%.