Nick Skelton Wins Gold in Showjumping Thriller an achievement that had him in tears! Show jumper Nick, 58, has become Britain’s second-oldest Olympic gold medallist in his seventh Games.
He had retired 16 years ago after breaking his neck in two pieces. But today August 19, 2016, he has claimed individual gold after a successful six-way jump-off.
It is Britain’s first individual show jumping medal since Anne Moore’s silver in 1972. It also adds to Nick Skelton’s win in the team event at London 2012 Olympic Games.
He told BBC Sport “I have been thinking about this and planning it since London four years ago. I knew if I kept my cool this horse would do it. I knew if I did not make a mistake, he wouldn’t either.”
The victory takes Britain’s Rio tally to 23 Golds and a total of 57 medals.
Nick Skelton was in tears when he was awarded his medal. We don’t blame him. We were proud
His team praised him
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) August 19, 2016
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