Eventing gold for Great Britain and Germany’s Ingrid Klimke at Strzegom
By Kate Green
British back on top as Ingrid Klimke wins first individual title ahead of triple champion Michael Jung
A jubilant British team was celebrating after jumping three superb clear rounds in the final phase to hold onto their overnight lead and clinch the longed-for team title at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Strzegom (POL) today.
“‘We are very excited to be back on top. We’ve got some amazing riders and horses and we’ve worked hard for this, ” said Kristina Cook, British gold medal team member.
Ingrid Klimke, who has been such a key member of the German team for 17 years, also delivered a jumping perfect round under pressure on Horseware Hale Bob to win her first individual title and lead Germany to team silver.
Triple European champion Michael Jung’s winning run finally ended and the German sportingly settled for individual silver with a clear round on fischerRocana.
“You just have to keep going and after 20 years it will happen! I always want to be a team player, but this was my dream,” said Ingrid Klimke, new European champion.
Sweden held onto team bronze, but Sara Algotsson Ostholt had a less than happy jumping round on Reality 39 and dropped from third to ninth.
Britain’s Nicola Wilson went clear on Bulana to take bronze, her first individual medal, while Cook and Canter lined up behind her in fourth and fifth. Oliver Townend, who was the discard score, did not present Cooley SRS at the final horse inspection.
Ten teams and 56 riders completed the competition, although there was disappointment when host nation Poland’s best rider, Pawel Spisak, was denied a fairy-tale finish after Banderas did not pass the final horse inspection.