An immaculate performance by Nick Skelton and Big Star saw the pair win individual showjumping gold ahead of Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, who took silver, and Canada’s Eric Lamaze, who took bronze.
Skelton jumped double clear in the first two rounds and made it through to the jump off, which saw him pitted against Fredricson, Lamaze, America’s Kent Farrington, Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Al Thani and London 2012 champion Steve Guerdat. He was the first to go in the jump off—and jumped another clear in 42.82.
No other rider was able to match Skelton’s performance and when last-to-go Eric Lamaze knocked one pole, the gold medal was his. It is the first time Team GB wins an individual gold medal in showjumping.
The Yorkshireman, who will turn 59 in December, is also Britain’s second-oldest Olympic gold medallist after Joshua Milner, who won gold in shooting at the 1908 Olympics in London when he was 61.
Nick Skelton and Big Star at teh Rio Olympics, by Eric Knoll, courtesy of the FEI