August 13, 2016 2:43:42 am
Germany returned to the top of dressage with a team gold medal on Friday, relegating 2012 champions Britain to silver and outscoring the sport’s best-known rider Charlotte Dujardin.
The United States finished with bronze, their first medal since 2004 in dressage, which of three equestrian sports in the Olympics is the only one that is judged subjectively. It is also the only discipline that does not involve jumping.
With scores above 76 for all four riders, Germany clinched the top title of the sport they had dominated for decades until they were upset by Britain in 2012.
Germany’s Isabell Werth outscored Dujardin with marks of 83.711 compared to 83.025.
Dujardin, 31, had nabbed the top score in Thursday’s Grand Prix on Valegro, the powerful black horse she trained. The Briton counts Queen Elizabeth among her fans.
Team medals were awarded after three days of sparsely attended Grand Prix and Grand Prix special tests in the Deodoro equestrian centre in western Rio.
Individual medals will be presented on Monday after the top 18 riders compete in the choreographed Freestyle competition.
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